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Put Out Feelers

What Does "Put Out Feelers" Mean?

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"Put out feelers" is an English idiom. It means "to make tentative inquiries or seek information to gauge interest, opinions, or potential opportunities."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "put out feelers" used in a sentence:
  • Before making a formal proposal, they decided to put out feelers to see if there was any interest from potential investors.
  • She put out feelers among her colleagues to assess their willingness to collaborate on the project.
  • Putting out feelers can help you gather valuable feedback and insights before taking concrete action.
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What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Put Out Feelers" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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