dry run


Definition of dry run

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

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Examples of dry run in a Sentence

We did a dry run of the experiment. After several dry runs, she was ready to give the speech.
Recent Examples on the Web This might be the other S.A.F.E.R. checklist items (angle, lighting, etc.), but that dry run also provides a chance to make sure that the presentation slides look good, the audio is solid, etc. Lee Gimpel, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 For now, these scenic islands will only be open to domestic tourists, but keep your fingers crossed, because this is a dry run for eventually allowing international travelers to join them. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 18 Sep. 2021 From May 2020 through summer school, that was a dry run, but then everything went full force in September because everyone was expected to be online. Bonnie Tsui, New York Times, 9 Sep. 2021 The coaching staff didn’t get to work together in the 2020 U18 Americas Championship because the event, typically used as a dry run for the U19 World Cup, was canceled during the pandemic. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 For Vucinich, an unexpected benefit of the pandemic was its serving as a dry run for retirement. Jason Turbow, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2021 People without kids adopt pets not only as a dry run for eventual children but for lots of other reasons, too, including, as an outlet for caring impulses that have nothing to do with parenthood. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 29 July 2021 An unwitting dry run for his role in The Martian, Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi drama finds Damon playing Dr. Mann, one of several humans who has traveled across the cosmos trying to find habitable planets. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 30 July 2021 Jen would later learn that the dinner was a dry run for a proposal. Jennifer Senior, The Atlantic, 9 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of dry run

circa 1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dry run was circa 1941

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14 Oct 2021

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“Dry run.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20run. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dry run

: a practice event that is done to prepare for the actual event that will happen in the future


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