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put out feelers

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A woman who could always love would never grow old; and the love of mother and wife would often give or preserve many charms if it were not too often combined with parental and conjugal anger. There remains in the face of women who are naturally serene and peaceful, and of those rendered so by religion, an after-spring, and later an after-summer, the reflex of their most beautiful bloom.
Jean Paul Richter
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Etymology

from the context of certain animals using their feelers to gain awareness of their surroundings, as survival readily requires knowledge of nearby threats, food, water, shelter, or mates.

Verb

put out feelers (puts out feelers, putting out feelers)

  1. (idiomatic) to explore or watch for; ask around; investigate
    I will put out feelers and see what I can find out about that.

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