put through paces
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put somebody/something through their paces
to test the ability or skill of a person or system This contest will really put you guys through your paces. Frank took the car for a drive through the mountains and really put it through its paces.
put somebody through their paces
to test someone's skills or knowledge This fitness contest will really put the guys through their paces.
put (someone) through (someone's) paces
To cause to demonstrate ability or skill; test: The drama coach put her students through their paces before the first performance.