put (someone or something) through his/her/its paces

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: to test what someone or something can do
We brought home three different computers and put them through their paces.

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Recent Examples on the Web Passengers are spotted grabbing the passenger-side grip handle as the car is put through its paces. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 8 Feb. 2024 One of them is a new mobile DC fast-charger from Lightning eMotors, which will be put through its paces June 19–23 charging EVs for staff and customers. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 8 June 2023 Ultimately Kyle and Zach found the smoker the team purchased, and it was put through its paces in a trial run in Zach’s Overland Park driveway in early May. Kimberly Winter Stern, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 The manual has been put through its paces, too, with a total of 89,680 miles on the dial. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 Dec. 2023 Researchers described the optical fiber and a variety of ways it was put through its paces in model mice in a paper in Nature Methods, published 19 October. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Nov. 2023 As Spectre is about to be put through its paces, which will involve being driven more than 1.5 million miles in varying conditions around the world, no specifics on performance specs, motor configuration, storage capacity or range are being released yet. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 29 Sep. 2021 The drop top has already been put through its paces on the historic Lime Rock Park racing circuit, too. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 10 Aug. 2023 The video shows the robotic yak being put through its paces across a desert with a person controlling it by remote control. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 Feb. 2022

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“Put (someone or something) through his/her/its paces.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20%28someone%20or%20something%29%20through%20his%2Fher%2Fits%20paces. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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