dry run

noun

1
: a practice exercise : rehearsal, trial
2
: a practice firing without ammunition

Example Sentences

We did a dry run of the experiment. After several dry runs, she was ready to give the speech.
Recent Examples on the Web The starters won’t take the field for a dry run against Seattle in the team’s final preseason game. Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2022 But the group is using Tuesday as a dry run, and is sending out text messages and radio ads urging voters to bring their own water, chairs and phone chargers. Amy Gardner And Matthew Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2022 But the group is using Tuesday as a dry run, and is sending out text messages and radio ads urging voters to bring their own water, chairs and phone chargers. Matthew Brown, BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2022 Its been a dry, dry, dry run in Houston and the nation at large this summer, with half of the U.S. experiencing some level of drought during the past four weeks, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report published Thursday. Dan Carson, Chron, 5 Aug. 2022 The pandemic has been a dry run for how governments can curb travel in the future. Alex Ledsom, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 Putin’s war is providing Xi with an invaluable case study, a kind of dry run for what the Western response to some outrage perpetrated by Beijing — say, the invasion of Taiwan — might look like. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 There is video evidence of the dry run, according to prosecutors. Natalie Hope Mcdonald, Vulture, 30 Nov. 2021 After finishing a run, there’s nothing better than opening the cooler and sipping on a tasty beverage to replenish yourself after a hot, dry run. Outside Online, 13 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dry run was circa 1941

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“Dry run.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20run. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

dry run

noun
1
: a practice firing without ammunition
2
: a practice exercise
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