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.
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put somebody through their paces

to test someone's skills or knowledge This fitness contest will really put the guys through their paces.
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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.
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