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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
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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.
Since there is an expiration date for the President's pledge to mobilize his powers to protect cooperative policemen, which is sooner rather than later given that trial balloons to extend his term as part of Charter change have not sparked popular enthusiasm, something has to give: a nationally-elected leadership.
I do think we need to be careful because there are going to be a lot of different trial balloons, and what counts is how you put all this together," Cornyn said.
However, the conversation that's going on in our industry, matched with the research and development, pilots and trial balloons is all very exciting.
Cresent Hardy and Mark Amodei floated trial balloons regarding the reopening of a conversation about the site.
The answers to this question, the paper says, are different, but looking back, trial balloons often released by anonymous diplomats of a lower rank, instead of solving problems, have often become stumbling blocks producing new problems.
Ground invasion proposals, trial balloons, op-eds, hints, clues and suggestions of every sort have suddenly started to rain down on the Saudis.
The company has sent up many trial balloons regarding new product ideas through U-verse customer surveys.
The EU executive has already floated three trial balloons.
Those in the region who bank on such apocalyptic scenarios should pay close attention to the issue as more and more trial balloons are floated.
It's an apt metaphor as Adobe floats some trial balloons of its own.
We're referring to the Hindenburg of trial balloons floated and then abandoned by the AG&FC: A plan to craft its own version of the state Freedom of Information Act applicable only to its own agency.