trial balloon(redirected from trial balloons)
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An idea or a plan advanced tentatively to test the reactions of other people.
[From the use of balloons to test weather conditions.]
a tentative action or statement designed to test public opinion on a controversial matter. Compare ballon d'essai
a preliminary announcement or other effort made to determine the likely success of a proposed project.
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|Noun||1.||trial balloon - a test of public opinion|
|2.||trial balloon - a balloon sent up to test air currents|
balloon - large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air