test the water
phrasal see test the waters

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • test the water — test the water/waters to try to discover what people think about an idea before you do anything about it, or to try to discover what a situation is really like before you become very involved in it. I mentioned my idea to a couple of friends as a …   New idioms dictionary

  • test the water — ► test the water ascertain feelings or opinions before proceeding further. Main Entry: ↑test …   English terms dictionary

  • test the water — verb see test VIII * * * test the water ● water * * * judge people s feelings or opinions before taking further action …   Useful english dictionary

  • test the water — check people s feelings, take a poll    Wilson always tests the water before he introduces a budget …   English idioms

  • test the water — ascertain feelings or opinions before proceeding further. → test …   English new terms dictionary

  • test the water(s) — phrase to try to find out what people think about something in order to decide whether or not to do it We were testing the waters about this new magazine we wanted to launch. Thesaurus: to try to find out informationsynonym Main entry: test …   Useful english dictionary

  • test the waters — test the water/waters to try to discover what people think about an idea before you do anything about it, or to try to discover what a situation is really like before you become very involved in it. I mentioned my idea to a couple of friends as a …   New idioms dictionary

  • test the waters — If you test the waters, or test the water, you experiment to see how successful or acceptable something is before implementing it …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • test the waters —    If you test the waters, or test the water, you experiment to see how successful or acceptable something is before implementing it.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you test the water(s), you try to find out how acceptable or… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • test the waters — phrasal : to make a preliminary test or survey (as of reaction or interest) before embarking on a course of action * * * test the waters (also test the water) : to do something to find out if people like or approve a possible plan, product, etc …   Useful english dictionary

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