dry run


Definition of dry run

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

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Synonyms for dry run


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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Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press Week 3 of the preseason has always been a dry run for the regular season, and for the Detroit Lions that means more than just playing starters deeper into the game. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' preseason prep includes Matt Patricia's study hall," 20 Aug. 2019 That vote, though local, is seen as a dry run for a national parliamentary election in 2021. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Moscow unrest: 685 detained in protest for free elections," 3 Aug. 2019 The successful pregnancy of Victoria is a dry run for an ambitious program to bring back the closely related northern white rhino using stem cell technology. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Birth at Safari Park marks milestone in saving nearly extinct rhino," 29 July 2019 O’Brien practiced his speech upwards of 40 times, including a dry run Thursday on the imposing stage that included the conference’s 14 coaches and two massive video boards behind him. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers football player and cancer survivor Casey O’Brien delivers emotional speech at Big Ten luncheon," 19 July 2019 If anything, Dimensionism’s moment now feels like a dry run for the main event, making the show timely indeed. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Brave new worlds, on view at the Mead Art Museum," 14 June 2019 Young people’s affections for Fido and Muffy are often seen as serving as a dry run for parenthood. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "The Dark Secrets of America’s Millennial Plant Lovers," 26 July 2018 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

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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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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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