see how the land lies


see how the land lies
see how the land lies
To find out in advance how matters stand
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Main Entry:land

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to find out about a situation before deciding what to do

You should see how the land lies before going into business on your own.

Thesaurus: to find out informationsynonym
Main entry: land

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see, etc. how the ˈland lies idiom
(BrE) to find out about a situation

Let's wait and see how the land lies before we do anything.

Main entry:landidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • see how the land lies — {v. phr.}, {informal} To reconnoiter; investigate. * /Before going there in person to ask for a job, you had better see how the land lies and who does what./ Compare: CASE THE JOINT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • see how the land lies — {v. phr.}, {informal} To reconnoiter; investigate. * /Before going there in person to ask for a job, you had better see how the land lies and who does what./ Compare: CASE THE JOINT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • see\ how\ the\ land\ lies — v. phr. informal To reconnoiter; investigate. Before going there in person to ask for a job, you had better see how the land lies and who does what. Compare: case the joint …   Словарь американских идиом

  • see how the land lies — see what the situation is, check out the circumstances …   English contemporary dictionary

  • see how the land lies —  Discover what the position is …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • find see how the land lies — find out/see how the land lies to get information about a situation before making decisions or taking action. I thought I d better call my mother and see how the land lies before inviting myself home for the weekend …   New idioms dictionary

  • how the land lies — what the state of affairs is let s keep it to ourselves until we see how the land lies * * * how the land lies chiefly Brit : the true facts about a situation Let s see how the land lies before we make any decisions. We don t know how the land… …   Useful english dictionary

  • how\ the\ land\ lies — • lay of the land • how the land lies n. phr. 1. the natural features of a piece of land, such as hills and valleys. The style of house the contractor builds depends partly on the lay of the land. 2. the way something is arranged; the important… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • how the land lies — See: LAY OF THE LAND …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • how the land lies — See: LAY OF THE LAND …   Dictionary of American idioms


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