feel out

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of feel out

:to talk to or question (someone) in an indirect way in order to find out if something one wants to do or get will be possible
  • He tried to feel us out to see if we'd loan him more money.

Word by Word Definitions

feel play
  1. : to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality

  2. : to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles)

  3. : to undergo passive experience of

  1. : sensation, feeling

  2. : the sense of touch

  3. : the quality of a thing as imparted through or as if through touch

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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