a litmus test

a litmus test

something that shows clearly what someone's opinions or intentions are
Usage notes: Litmus is a substance used in chemical tests because it changes colour.
His views on abortion are effectively a litmus test of his views on women's rights.
See also: litmus, test
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Later in the program, Sam Donaldson asked Gore, "Are you telling us that you will use, as a litmus test, if you are president to appoint justices, your view of Roe v.
I don't think we'll ever find a litmus test for identifying victims of sexual abuse," contends coinvestigator John Briere of the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los An les.
His art is a litmus test for the time, a reflection of his insatiable appetite for contemporary art.
This was, in effect, a litmus test for the industry, as it clearly and successfully demonstrated the multitude of equipment, processes, and services that carriers will need in order to build a next-generation service delivery platform, as well as the ability to deploy high-quality services across disparate IP networks and borders.
THIS week will be sort of a litmus test of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to impose mayoral control over the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Religious Right leaders have vowed to make support for an anti-gay marriage amendment a litmus test for all candidates in the 2004 elections.
20 /PRNewswire/ -- Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson today unveiled a new national television ad featuring Al Gore talking out of both sides of his mouth on the question of whether he'd insist members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff pass a litmus test for "political correctness.
The fourth quarter of 1999 and the first quarter of 2000 will be a litmus test for the current real estate landlord market," says Pough, president of Edward Warren & Company, a corporate brokerage and the editor of a quarterly commercial tenants newsletter.
Roundtable leaders saw the 7E7 site selection process as a litmus test for state competitiveness.
Music executives and investors alike looked to Warner's debut as a litmus test for the industry.
Using abortion as a litmus test, many bishops and priests issued forceful calls for the Catholic faithful to vote "pro-life" -- an appeal that translated either implicitly or explicitly into support for Bush and other Republican candidates.
10 /PRNewswire/ -- Even as Al Gore continues to attempt to back peddle and flip-flop on his demand for a litmus test for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson launched a television advertising campaign to highlight that Gore's test would exclude military heroes Colin Powell and Norman Schwartzkopf from serving on the Joint Chiefs.
We treat our Regulatory Review meeting as a litmus test for our solutions.
TODAY, when the 15 Los Angeles City Council members cast their votes for or against putting a sales tax hike on the May 17 ballot, will be a litmus test of whether they are servants of the public or of special interests.
And the land mine is, `I will have a litmus test for judges.