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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.]
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trial balloon

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


n.
a preliminary announcement or other effort made to determine the likely success of a proposed project.
[1930–35]
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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
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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.
In Eisenman's Minotaur Hunt, a mural presented as an installation at New York's Trial Balloon Gallery earlier this year, bulky Amazons hunted down virile Cubist icons amid a throng of spectators who grappled and shoved with spears and swords, as if in a war scene by Uccello.
But the trial balloon story is a perfectly legitimate exercise, so long as that is what the article says it is presenting.
Joey Salceda has floated a trial balloon: We need to bring in Chinese or even Burmese labor, he said.
McFarland, a Fox News national security analyst who ran as a Republican in 2006 for the New York Senate seat, has said that the rumours could just be a "trial balloon" out by Albany rather than Washington.
As such, what Turki was saying might best be viewed as a trial balloon rather than adopted policy.
Democrats and Pro-Israel Lobbies Slam Republican Senator's Call to Halt Israel Aid [Haaretz] Earlier: Cantor's Foreign Aid 'Trial Balloon' Is Popped
The New York, City mayor takes the air out of Washington Post columnist David Broder's fantasy Bloomberg-Chuck Hagel presidential ticket trial balloon.
But the mammoth trial balloon the federal government is floating--privatization of Social Security--cannot replicate the benefits of the program now in place.
His announcement is viewed as a trial balloon to gauge public sentiment about future policy.
Apparently flushed with victory after imposing an unmerited financial settlement on the alternative-paper publishers NT Media LLC and Village Voice Media LLC for ending their competitions in Cleveland and Los Angeles, the Antitrust Division is floating a trial balloon about stopping the JOA dissolution.
"It's a trial balloon," cautions the show's exec producer Marlaine Selip.