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Difference between Feel something on the pulse and Feel the pulse of something

feel something on the pulsecome to feel smth. deeply through one’s own experience:

  • The appointment of Sir Robert as Deputy Speaker has made me feel “on the pulse” a frustrating anomaly of our parliamentary system.

feel the pulse of something —(also: keep one’s finger on the pulse of something ) be aware of the current developments or trends in smth.:

  • The investigation of the seismic waves affords the best means of feeling the pulse of the interior of the earth.