put (something) through its paces(redirected from putting through its paces)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
put (something) through its paces
To give something a thorough testing or examination so as to evaluate its worth, ability, or functionality. I can't wait to take this new sports car out on the open road so I can put it through its paces! Whenever you're buying a piece of equipment second hand, it's best to put it through its paces before you hand over the money for it.