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 If nothing else, the Post story serves as a dry run for processing any other October surprises that the Trump campaign may try to launch out of desperation. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Hunter Biden and the Hunt for a New “Hillary’s Emails”," 14 Oct. 2020 State guidelines limit indoor gatherings to 250 people, which the Vikings first hosted for the Sept. 27 game vs. Tennessee to give a dry run for entry and exit protocols, concessions, and seating plans. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "No fans policy continues for Vikings-Falcons game Oct. 18 at U.S. Bank Stadium," 6 Oct. 2020 Still, some analysts feared the attack was a dry run for Nov. 3. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Ransomware Attacks Take On New Urgency Ahead of Vote," 27 Sep. 2020 The issue will reverberate in November’s local elections, a dry run for the presidency in 2022. Mario Sergio Lima, Bloomberg.com, "Brazil Hands Out So Much Covid Cash That Poverty Nears a Low," 1 Sep. 2020 Seifert called the event a good dry run, as no actual rain hit Spring the night the hurricane touched down on the shore of the gulf coast, near the Texas-Louisiana border. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, "Spring area fire departments discuss how they prepared for Hurricane Laura," 27 Aug. 2020 It’s time for the dry run of tonight’s pre-program. Danielle Okai, refinery29.com, "Inside The Life Of Joe Biden’s Political Chief Of Staff," 23 Aug. 2020 Their startup will serve as a kind of dry run for the remaining 90-plus schools, which begin Sept. 1, as the state's largest district continues to hammer out the logistics of educating more than 66,000 children online. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ""It's bittersweet": MPS begins the school year online amid coronavirus pandemic," 18 Aug. 2020 Flu vaccines could be a dry run for upcoming coronavirus immunizations: This fall likely will see the most aggressive flu vaccination campaign since the H1N1 pandemic in 2009, public health officials said. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: August 15-16," 17 Aug. 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

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“Dry run.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20run. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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