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English definition of “find out/see how the land lies”

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find out/see how the land lies

to wait until you have all the available information about a situation before you take any action
Translations of “find out/see how the land lies”
in Chinese (Traditional) (採取行動之前)弄清情況,摸清形勢…
in Chinese (Simplified) (采取行动之前)弄清情况,摸清形势…
(Definition of find out/see how the land lies from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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