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Examples of sounding board in a Sentence
My friend is my sounding board for new ideas.
Recent Examples of sounding board from the Web
Buford referred to Lathrop as the area’s best sounding board for ideas — utilizing him most often when things weren’t going particularly well.
Which is serving on a board, being a sounding board for CEOs.
Though not a White House official, Hannity has been an informal adviser and sounding board for Mr. Trump, according to The New York Times and other reports.
Bogdanovic became a sounding board for ideas, and the two built a strong bond.
The post-Hicks era is a vast unknown for aides, who worry Trump will unravel without the near-constant presence of his sounding board and interpreter.
Wright began using Calhoun as a sounding board on recruiting, coaching, building.
Anthony Weiner used women as sounding boards for his own pleasure.
What makes the whole arrangement even more unorthodox is that Estiarte, despite being friend, confidante and sounding board to the most successful soccer manager on the planet, has never played or coached professional soccer at any level.
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The Literal Origins of sounding board
Beginning during the Renaissance, a flat wooden canopy called a sounding board was placed over church pulpits, amplifying the sound of the preacher's voice, carrying it to the farthest reaches of the church. Similarly, ideas can be spread by a figurative sounding board. A publication, for example, can be a sounding board for propaganda. That's one modern sense of the word. But when sound bounces off a literal sounding board, not only does it reach more people, it also comes across more clearly. Likewise, bouncing ideas off another person can lend clarity to one's thought processes. If someone comes to you and says "How does this sound?" and leaves with his or her mind made up (whether or not you've ventured a word), you have served as a very effective sounding board.
SOUNDING BOARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sounding board for English Language Learners
: a person or group with whom you discuss ideas to see if the ideas are good
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