test the waters
also test the water phrasal to make a preliminary test or survey (as of reaction or interest) before embarking on a course of action

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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 — 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 — 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

  • 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 — to try something new. We are testing the waters to see if online ads increase sales. Related vocabulary: float an idea Etymology: based on the literal meaning of test the waters (= to put your toe into water to see how cold it is) …   New idioms dictionary

  • test the waters — verb To explore or probe, as before making a commitment. Taking classes in a subject is a good way to test the waters and explore a potential career. Syn: put out feelers …   Wiktionary

  • test the waters/water — see ↑test, 2 • • • Main Entry: ↑water …   Useful english dictionary

  • test the waters (to) —  Look for opportunities; experiment.  ► “In Poland, Microsoft will test new waters of HYPE when it takes journalists there on a submarine ride to see what a world without windows looks like.” (Advertising Age, Sept. 28, 1995, p. 33) …   American business jargon

  • 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 — phrasal see test the waters …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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