trial balloon

noun

Definition of trial balloon

  1. :  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.

1935

First Known Use of trial balloon

1935


TRIAL BALLOON Defined for English Language Learners

trial balloon

noun

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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