testing ground

noun

1
: a place where machines, vehicles, etc., are tested to see if they are working correctly
a testing ground for weapons
2
: a place or situation in which new ideas, methods, etc., can be tried
Her class served as a testing ground for new teaching methods.

Examples of testing ground in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Central Asia is a testing ground for security instruments Beijing has yet to use elsewhere. Temur Umarov, Foreign Affairs, 30 June 2023 The parent company shuttered the Tom Greyhound store, which had served as a minor-league testing ground of sorts for many of Handsome’s 20-plus brands, said Jaewon Han, director of Handsome’s Paris office. Rhonda Richford, WWD, 3 Sep. 2019 The group’s website describes Maryland as a testing ground, with hopes to get a case on the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket before the November election. Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 14 June 2024 Over the course of these exchanges, Central Asia has emerged as a testing ground for security instruments that Beijing has yet to use elsewhere. Temur Umarov, Foreign Affairs, 30 June 2023 Eventually, those performances at the lobby of the Hollywood establishment became a testing ground for the band to experiment and develop their sound. Ernesto Lechner, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 Every war is a laboratory of sorts for weapons systems, and Ukraine has provided a testing ground for weapons that have not previously been used against such a sophisticated, high-tech enemy as Russia. Vladyslav Golovin, New York Times, 25 May 2024 Borders are a viable testing ground for technologies. Petra Molnar, TIME, 21 May 2024 The 12-team league, composed mostly of players with less than three years of professional experience, serves as a testing ground for MLB and features several different rules. Justice Delos Santos, The Mercury News, 21 May 2024

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“Testing ground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testing%20ground. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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