put out feelers


: to make suggestions or ask questions to find out the thoughts or opinions of other people
The companies have been putting out feelers about a merger.

Examples of put out feelers in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mallis, with the Erda Community Association, said the group put out feelers several times, trying to distinguish the sentiment of church leaders from those of their developers as opposition to the housing side of the plan grew. The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Feb. 2021 Cozad immediately put out feelers to find a new job, and said she’s had a good response. Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post, 23 July 2022 Have your parents put out feelers to see which of your family friends might need some extra help watching their young kids. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 9 Jan. 2023 Each year, management and our agency put out feelers to see who's willing to tour with Chicago. Alessandro Corona, The Enquirer, 21 July 2022 The Golden Eagles have put out feelers in the transfer market and brought in NAIA player of the year Zach Wrightsil for an official visit. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Apr. 2022 Unable to sell their loot in the public art market and unable to fence it through their usual contacts, these thieves often put out feelers to the institutions from which it was stolen. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 Friends and mutual acquaintances will likely be the key to your success today, so put out feelers beyond your immediate circle to see what’s percolating in the world. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 18 Sep. 2021 But after terminating his contract with Dorados last summer after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the Mexican second division’s spring season, his agent put out feelers to Major League Soccer teams. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 July 2021

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“Put out feelers.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20out%20feelers. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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