Keep One’s Finger On The Pulse Of Something – Idiom Of The Day

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Keep One’s Finger On The Pulse Of Something – Idiom Of The Day 

Definition: to monitor the current state of something frequently; to be/stay familiar with the most recent changes or improvements


  • To be a successful journalist or reporter, you have to keep your finger on the pulse of every social and political event, not only within your country but around the world as well.
  • Recognized as one of the most iconic fashionistas on Instagram with her glamorous, yet singular taste, Amelia has always tried to keep her finger on the pulse of fashion world as well as the latest trend of health and lifestyle to inspire her followers.
  • Don’t attempt to keep your finger on the pulse of everything around since it would be time-wasting. Be selective and focus on what you find most useful and pertinent to your work.

iconic (a): acting as a sign or symbol of something

selective (a): tending to be careful about what or who you choose

pertinent (a): appropriate to a particular situation

Practice IELTS Speaking

Do you usually read newspapers/ magazines or watch news on TV?

Frankly speaking, I don’t do either. Don’t get me wrong. I am certainly not socially or economically ignorant, in fact, I actually keep my finger on the pulse of many prominent events and debates around the world. It’s only that my means of communication is different. I usually rely on social media or some of reputable influencers that I follow to extract news and will do further research about it if it piques my interest. Otherwise, I rarely watch TV or read newspapers.

  • Don’t get me wrong: said when you think someone might not understand what you say, or be upset by it
  • Ignorant (a): lacking knowledge or information about something; not educated
  • Prominent (a): important or well known
  • Rely (+on) (v): to need or depend on somebody/something
  • Reputable (a): that people consider to be honest and to provide a good service
  • Extract (v): to choose information, etc. from a book, a computer, etc. to be used for a particular purpose
  • Pique one’s interest: to arouse interest; to arouse curiosity

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