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test the water

Definition of test the water in English:

Judge people’s feelings or opinions before taking further action.
Example sentences
  • Susie Rae, of Ski Scotland, said: ‘We have limited the tickets because we are just testing the water to see if there is a demand out there.’
  • We have a few thoughts about where he could be moved to but the proceedings are at a very early stage and we are effectively testing the water.
  • A multinational company and a landowner have been testing the water on plans to bring a £100 million development to the area.
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