sound something out


sound something out
ˌsound sbˈout (about/on sth) | ˌsound sthˈout derived
to try to find out from sb what they think about sth, often in an indirect way

I wanted to sound him out about a job.

They decided to sound out her interest in the project.

Main entry:soundderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • sound somebody out (on something) — ˌsound sbˈout (about/on sth) | ˌsound sthˈout derived to try to find out from sb what they think about sth, often in an indirect way • I wanted to sound him out about a job. • They decided to sound out her interest in the project. Main entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • fade something out — ˌfade sth ˈin/ˈout derived to make a picture or a sound clearer or louder / less clear or quieter • Fade out the music at the end of the scene. Main entry: ↑fadederived …   Useful english dictionary

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  • laugh something out of court — laugh someone/​something out of court phrase if you laugh someone or something out of court, you show them that you think their ideas or suggestions are very silly Anyone who made claims like that these days would be laughed out of court.… …   Useful english dictionary

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