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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.
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a s trial balloons go, this one wasn't supposed to come crashing down - at least not so spectacularly.
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"However, the conversation that's going on in our industry, matched with the research and development, pilots and trial balloons is all very exciting.
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He said after holding separate meetings with different foreign officials that allegations in the Israeli media regarding concessions on the 1967 borders are "trial balloons and impressions aimed at mixing papers and creating confusion."