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trial balloon

n.
An idea or a plan advanced tentatively to test the reactions of other people.

[From the use of balloons to test weather conditions.]

trial balloon

n
a tentative action or statement designed to test public opinion on a controversial matter. Compare ballon d'essai

tri′al balloon′


n.
a preliminary announcement or other effort made to determine the likely success of a proposed project.
[1930–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trial balloon - a test of public opiniontrial balloon - a test of public opinion    
test, trial run, tryout, trial - trying something to find out about it; "a sample for ten days free trial"; "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
2.trial balloon - a balloon sent up to test air currentstrial balloon - a balloon sent up to test air currents
balloon - large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air
References in classic literature ?
To distract his thoughts he drove that day to the village of Vorontsovo to see the great balloon Leppich was constructing to destroy the foe, and a trial balloon that was to go up next day.
Kamket's suggestion may just be a trial balloon, as some said Wako's was in 1991, but you see how what goes around comes around?
The comments this weekend by Defence Minister General Amir Hatami appear to be a trial balloon to test the reaction of the idea, long pushed by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate.
The Speaker's berserker style not only leaves the President playing catchup (without risking looking disloyal; the President can propose a revolutionary government, with its accompanying risk for politicians like the Speaker, all he likes; the Speaker simply chugs along until he can regain the limelight once the President's latest trial balloon pops, and the Speaker can tell the President and his other people, see, that won't work, lemme at 'em
It was a trial balloon and it crashed," said Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute.
Political commentators put forward various theories for the reasons behind the tabling of Hadji-Ioannou's name, with some claiming it was one of the names thrown around during one of the party's brainstorming sessions where no final decisions had been made, and others speculating the party had merely been floating a trial balloon to gauge reaction on a candidate with similar characteristics.
WASHINGTON - After a trial balloon went over poorly with Congress, President Donald Trump told foreign leaders Wednesday night that he wouldn't end the North American Free Trade Agreement just yet.
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Was Clinton floating a trial balloon or just cozying up to Democrats in Iowa who still faun over the President?
Joe Biden's trial balloon popped Wednesday after the most prolonged period of indecision since the late New York Gov.
This information that media reported several days ago relying on anonymous diplomats from the lower echelons in Brussels, has raised the question of whether this is a diplomatic trial balloon as those released during the crisis periods over the past two and half decades of Macedonia's independence or diplomats are only trying to scare the feuding parties in the country and make them finally reach a agreement on getting out of the crisis.
In billing you for $500, I think they're launching what we call a trial balloon.