dry run

noun

Definition of dry run 

1 : a practice exercise : rehearsal, trial

2 : a practice firing without ammunition

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Synonyms for dry run

Synonyms

practice (also practise), rehearsal, trial

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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.

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BEIJING— Kim Jong Un’s trip to China this week, his first known overseas flight as North Korea’s leader, looks like a logistical dry run for a summit with President Donald Trump. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Not a Light Traveler: When Kim Met Xi, He Brought His Maybach," 10 May 2018 That would make the next two years a dry run for 2021, when Democrats hope to control the White House and Congress. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "What a Democratic House Would Mean for Your Taxes," 2 Nov. 2018 Despite this setback, the Boss's dry runs appear to have continued. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Cheese danish shipping, warrantless GPS trackers, and a border doctrine challenge," 2 Sep. 2018 THE KEY Maryland may be getting a dry run in how to respond to an election cyberattack. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Maryland ballot snafu offers lessons in how to respond to an election hack," 26 June 2018 Follow these expert tips for keeping your pet comfortable: Get your pet used to the feeling of being in a car with a few dry runs. NBC News, "How to keep your pet safe on a flight," 30 Mar. 2018 The dry run for that campaign was the successful recall of Josh Newman, a Democratic state senator in Orange County. David Weigel, Washington Post, "The votes from California’s primary are finally in. Here’s what we learned.," 6 July 2018 Sais, who had a border crossing card, did a dry run with the help of another man from the casino. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ex-Tijuana judge says money woes led to cocaine smuggling," 3 July 2018 His latest remarks suggest that was a dry run for a bigger fight on cars. Jacob M. Schlesinger, WSJ, "Trump Cites Car-Tariff Threat as Biggest Trade Leverage," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of dry run

circa 1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dry run

noun

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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