put out feelers

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Related to put out feelers: rub off, turn up, pick up on
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Verb1.put out feelers - make some preliminary investigations or test the waters
explore - examine (organs) for diagnostic purposes
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When we put out feelers last month to see what people were doing to regenerate this popular commodity, we were overwhelmed with response.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has put out feelers on the possibility of participating in the August 11 Fox News Debate in Ames.
The 22-year-old, from Bolton, has put out feelers for a posh flat to set up the Liverpool branch of her agency 'Erotica Companions'.