Meaning of “sound sb out” in the English Dictionary

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"sound sb out" in British English

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sound sb out

phrasal verb with sound uk /saʊnd/ us /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?

(Definition of “sound sb out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sound sb out" in Business English

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sound sb out

phrasal verb with sound uk /saʊnd/ us 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:

The investment bank has already sounded out potential private equity investors.

(Definition of “sound sb out” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)