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trial balloon

a test of someone's or the public's reaction. It was just a trial balloon, and it didn't work. The trial balloon was a great success.
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trial balloon

An idea or plan advanced tentatively to test public reaction, as in Let's send up a trial balloon for this new program before we commit ourselves. This expression alludes to sending up balloons to test weather conditions. [c. 1930]
See also: balloon, trial

trial balloon

n. a test of someone’s reaction. It was just a trial balloon, and it didn’t work.
See also: balloon, trial
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Many people thought this was one trial balloon that would never get off the ground.
There's a little trial balloon being set off this year about how we might move this performing unit about.
Historically, whenever we've bottomed out like this, we seldom have the first trial balloon from Abitibi or anyone else stick, so to speak.
A trial balloon about seeking a bailout from the Swiss Nestle Group was quickly shot down by Japanese legislators opposed to foreign involvement in the food industry.
And I hope that this is not a trial balloon by LAFCO to somehow use the city as an excuse to not put this on the ballot in November 2002.
I floated that idea out as a trial balloon in an editorial in the journal Circulation a couple of months ago.
My guess is this (the media reports) is a trial balloon (to gauge public reaction)," he added.
President Fox should be applauded for courageously floating the trial balloon of freer immigration, even though the notion is not politically acceptable at present.
Godolphin's trial balloon, sent Stateside in the form of Prado's Landing, burst at Keeneland on Saturday when the Chris McCarron-ridden colt finished last of eight in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes, beaten some 211/2 lengths, writes Dan Farley.
In July 1996, responding to pressure from the Israeli military, which has begun to question the tenability of the Israeli position in Lebanon, especially after the heavy criticism that followed the Qana massacre, and in a patent attempt to send a message to Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a new trial balloon to test the idea of a "Lebanon first" option.
This is sheer speculation, but perhaps someone decided to float a trial balloon, and now that it is aloft, some risks appear greater than they might have originally.
The latest trial balloon went up on Wednesday, when the Boston Echo carried a piece by columnist Jack Holland, a former Republican activist who is on good terms with Rita O'Hare, the Sinn Fein representative on Capitol Hill and former spokesperson for Gerry Adams.
The authors suggest sending up a trial balloon with a trusted associate and then adjusting future sales approaches accordingly.
WASHINGTON -- AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, is rejecting a trial balloon floated by Obama Administration officials that suggests $30 million in additional funding could adequately help close a gaping $126 million hole in funding for the nation's AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), the federal and state funded, state run network of assistance programs that supply lifesaving AIDS drugs to low-income Americans in need.
In a possible trial balloon related to Kerry's mission, Israel's Hretz newspaper quoted a minister from Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party as saying the prime minister knew a peace deal would mean giving up most of the West Bank.