trial balloon

noun
Updated on: 27 Apr 2018

Definition of trial balloon

: a project or scheme tentatively announced in order to test public opinion

Examples of trial balloon in a Sentence

  1. She's been floating trial balloons about a possible run for Congress.

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First Known Use of trial balloon

1935

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Definition of trial balloon for English Language Learners

  • : something that you do or say in order to find out what people think about an idea, plan, etc.


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