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English definition of “sound sb out”

sound sb out

verb uk phrasal verb with sound   /saʊnd/ us  
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?
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