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  1. Alita

    Red face Mrs

    Hi there!!
    Does anybody know the origin of 'Ear to the ground'?

    I'm desperatelly looking it.


    Ali Walsh


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    Smile Re: Mrs

    Hi, Mrs,

    I think I've got some information for you on this:

    Definition: pay attention to what is happening around you; pay attention to the rumors at work

    Explanation: Often used when talking about work conditions to signal the necessity of listening to rumors to stay informed.

    Examples: Keep your ear to the ground, will you? - He kept his ear to the ground and got in on the action early.

    Have a nice day

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    Re: Mrs

    Origins appear to be based on either American Indian (or ancient Chinese text of drums sunk into deep shafts) way of hearding far off herds/horses/armies by relying on the hard ground to conduct the sound (is far better than air). With an ear to the ground (later - railway tracks were rumoured to have been used) you can pick up sounds far earlier than normally heard allowing you to act early by 'listening' for the early signs.


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