put someone/something through their paces

put (one) through (one's) paces

To make one undergo a thorough testing or examination so as to evaluate one's worth, ability, or competence. We need someone who can begin handling complex projects right away, so we're going to put you through your paces during the assessment period, OK? The coach wanted to put the young boxer through her paces before he agreed to bring her on the Olympic team.
See also: pace, put, through

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.
See also: pace, put, through
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put someone/something through their paces

COMMON If you put someone or something through their paces, you make them show you how well they can do something. The British coach, Ian Irwin, is putting the boxers through their paces. Dozens of tanks are being put through their paces to check that they're running correctly. Note: You can also say that someone or something goes through their paces if they show what they can do. After watching the machine go through its paces, he asked if it could be adapted to cook other foods. Note: To put a horse through its paces means to test it to see how well it has been trained.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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