to keep your ears open meaning?

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What is the meaning of "to keep your ears open" idiom?

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Idiom Definition:

"to keep your ears open"
describes the process of remaining vigilant in the acquisition of information in order to discover hidden, secret or extra information
Synonyms: acute, alert, attentive, aware, heedful, intent, listen, listening, ready, mindful, observant, perceptive, sharp, vigilant, wary, watchful, wide-awake


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Idiom Scenario 1:

Two middle level managers are talking at work ...
Manager 1:  "Have you heard about the "re-structuring" that is going to happen?"
Manager 2:  "I've heard rumors but nothing specific.  Upper management is keeping the whole process a secret"
Manager 1:  "Well, I think we need to keep our ears open so that we can learn as much as we can."
Manager 2:  "Agreed.  I'll keep my ear to the ground."

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Idiom Scenario 2:

Two parents are talking about their teenage daughter ...
Mom:  "Have you noticed that Jennifer is acting differently?"
Dad:  "Yes.  What's going on?"
Mom:  "Well, she is a teenager and they can be moody at times but this seems more than that."
Dad:  "OK.  You keep your ears open.  I'll keep mine open and maybe we can discover some clues to her behavior."

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Idiom Usage:

Keep your ears open!
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Keeping your ears open could be a great way to gather information.
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