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 means of testing: such as
: something (such as a series of questions or exercises) for measuring the skill, knowledge, intelligence, capacities, or aptitudes of an individual or group
: a procedure, reaction, or reagent used to identify or characterize a substance or constituent
: to put to test or proof : try
: to require a doctrinal oath of
: to undergo a test
: of, relating to, or constituting a test
: subjected to, used for, or revealed by testing
: an external hard or firm covering (such as a shell) of many invertebrates (such as a foraminifer or a mollusk)
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