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English definition of “sound sb out”

sound sb out

phrasal verb with sound     /saʊnd/ verb
to discover informally what someone thinks or intends to do about a particular thing, so that you can be prepared or take suitable action : Perhaps you could sound the chairwoman out before the meeting , to see which way she's going to vote ?Questioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioning
(Definition of sound sb out from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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