take the pulse of

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take the pulse of

Also, feel the pulse of. Try to determine the intentions or sentiments of a person or group, as in These exit polls allegedly take the pulse of the voters, but I don't believe they're very meaningful. [First half of 1600s] Also see feel out.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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