test the water(s)
Definition of test the water(s)
: to do something to find out if people like or approve a possible plan, product, etc., so that one can make a decision about it The company is testing the waters with a new online version of the product. She's testing the water for a presidential bid.
Word by Word Definitions
: a critical examination, observation, or evaluation : trial
: the procedure of submitting a statement to such conditions or operations as will lead to its proof or disproof or to its acceptance or rejection
: of, relating to, or constituting a test
: subjected to, used for, or revealed by testing
: to put to test or proof : try
: to require a doctrinal oath of
: to undergo a test
: an external hard or firm covering (such as a shell) of many invertebrates (such as a foraminifer or a mollusk)
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