Definition of have (or keep) an ear to the ground in English:

have (or keep) an ear to the ground

phrase

  • Be well informed about events and trends.

    ‘the good leader has his ear to the ground and will know when real doubts are growing’
    • ‘So what if Sven has been keeping an ear to the ground about what might be next for him?’
    • ‘Anyone who truly has their ear to the ground has heard about this band as legend.’
    • ‘I understand that righteous anger fuels the funny, and that you have to work at keeping an ear to the ground and respond to what the audience wants to hear.’
    • ‘If you are going to insist on this course of action, then I suggest you keep an ear to the ground and the news; and take this.’
    • ‘They kept an ear to the ground and followed up any and every rumour of a new find.’
    • ‘The CEO will expect his chief security officer to have his ear to the ground, to know what's going on at all times and to think ahead.’
    • ‘The experts in transport, who have an ear to the ground, concur that many countries that held on to the railway system have been wiser than the ones that closed them to save money.’
    • ‘He's got to be involved, he's got to have his ear to the ground, and he's got to live up to a lot.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the facility executive should keep an ear to the ground for factors that drive decisions in an organization.’
    • ‘It's there and you can find out if you have your ear to the ground.’