ear to the ground, have one's

Also, keep one's ear to the ground. Be or remain well informed; be on the watch for new trends and information. For example, She knew she'd succeed as a reporter if she kept her ear to the ground. This graphic expression probably alludes to listening for distant hoofbeats by putting one's ear close to the ground. [Late 1800s]


Nearby words

  1. ear rot,
  2. ear sewer,
  3. ear shell,
  4. ear stone,
  5. ear tag,
  6. ear trumpet,
  7. ear tuft,
  8. ear wrap,
  9. ear-grabbing,
  10. ear-minded

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