on probation

on probation

 
1. Lit. serving a period of probation, typically after conviction for a crime. While Anne was on probation, she reported to the police regularly. John was on probation for a year.
2. Fig. serving a trial period. All new members are on probation for a year. I was on probation in my job for a full year before it became permanent.
See also: on
References in classic literature ?
Thou speakest not amiss, Sancho," answered Don Quixote, "but before that point is reached it is requisite to roam the world, as it were on probation, seeking adventures, in order that, by achieving some, name and fame may be acquired, such that when he betakes himself to the court of some great monarch the knight may be already known by his deeds, and that the boys, the instant they see him enter the gate of the city, may all follow him and surround him, crying, 'This is the Knight of the Sun'-or the Serpent, or any other title under which he may have achieved great deeds.
Prior to developing the partnership, frustration often occurred in both departments because police officers repeatedly handled the same suspects, even though many were on probation or parole, while probation officers (or community supervision officers, the term used for probation officers in Texas) frequently lacked pertinent information about their clients' behavior on the street.