test the waters

test the waters
   If you test the waters, or test the water, you experiment to see how successful or acceptable something is before implementing it.
  (Dorking School Dictionary)
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   If you test the water(s), you try to find out how acceptable or successful something is before becoming involved in it.
   

You should go to a gym class to test the water before enrolling.


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  • test the waters — If you test the waters, or test the water, you experiment to see how successful or acceptable something is before implementing it …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • test the waters — test the water/waters to try to discover what people think about an idea before you do anything about it, or to try to discover what a situation is really like before you become very involved in it. I mentioned my idea to a couple of friends as a …   New idioms dictionary

  • test the waters — phrasal : to make a preliminary test or survey (as of reaction or interest) before embarking on a course of action * * * test the waters (also test the water) : to do something to find out if people like or approve a possible plan, product, etc …   Useful english dictionary

  • test the waters — to try something new. We are testing the waters to see if online ads increase sales. Related vocabulary: float an idea Etymology: based on the literal meaning of test the waters (= to put your toe into water to see how cold it is) …   New idioms dictionary

  • test the waters — verb To explore or probe, as before making a commitment. Taking classes in a subject is a good way to test the waters and explore a potential career. Syn: put out feelers …   Wiktionary

  • test the waters/water — see ↑test, 2 • • • Main Entry: ↑water …   Useful english dictionary

  • test the waters (to) —  Look for opportunities; experiment.  ► “In Poland, Microsoft will test new waters of HYPE when it takes journalists there on a submarine ride to see what a world without windows looks like.” (Advertising Age, Sept. 28, 1995, p. 33) …   American business jargon

  • test the waters — also test the water phrasal to make a preliminary test or survey (as of reaction or interest) before embarking on a course of action …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • test the water — test the water/waters to try to discover what people think about an idea before you do anything about it, or to try to discover what a situation is really like before you become very involved in it. I mentioned my idea to a couple of friends as a …   New idioms dictionary

  • test the water — phrasal see test the waters …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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