Ear To The Ground Meaning
(attributively, usually hyphenated) Pursuing the practice or having the characteristic of carefully gathering information; well-informed.
Example: 1903, Charles W. Chesnutt, â€œThe Disfranchisement of the Negroâ€ in The Negro Problem:
Congress never enacts a measure which is believed to oppose public opinion;â€”your Congressman keeps his ear to the ground.
1910, William MacLeod Raine, A Texas Ranger, ch. 3:
â€œThere's no telling what a man might happen onto accidentally if he travels with his ear to the ground.â€
1990, David Eddings, Sorceress of Darshiva, ISBN 9780345369352, p. 148:
The tavern keeper's an old friend of mineâ€”we was shipmates when we was youngerâ€”and he sort of keeps his ear to the ground for me.
2001 May 3, Elaine Shannon with Jessica Reaves, â€œWho'll Follow Freeh Into the FBI Corner Office?,â€ Time:
TIME Justice Department correspondent Elaine Shannon is keeping her ear to the ground as candidates' names start to pop up.
1949 Aug. 29, â€œChile: Fast Work,â€ Time:
The ear-to-the-ground President knew that all the unrest could not be blamed on Communists.