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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)

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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)
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