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trial balloon

A preliminary or tentative execution of a plan or idea in order to gauge the interest or approval of someone else, especially the public. We introduced the recipe for our soda in certain parts of the country as a trial balloon, but the response was overwhelmingly negative, so we scrapped the planned revision.
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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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The imposition of 10% FED on cars with an engine capacity of more than 1,700 cc had earlier sent up a trial balloon for the auto sector.
Political analysts saw it as a trial balloon of the Marcoses' campaign to eventually recapture Malacanang.
The first randomised controlled trial Balloon Pump Assisted Coronary Intervention Study (BSCIS-1) (2,3)--randomly assigned 301 patients with severe ischaemic cardiomyopathy to receive elective IABP before PCI, vs PCI without planned IABP support.
Mahdi ABdulHadi, head of the PASIA think tank in Jerusalem, also called the US and Israeli discussion about Jordan "a new version of their obsession" and suggested that this "trial balloon should be left alone because it will soon run out of air."
Yields are 0.9-3.2 basis points higher on net, with the curve bear steepening again, a trend reversal that began on Friday with the BoJ trial balloon on curve targeting.
On the other hand, is it possible that Secretary Aguirre's idea is for real and he is simply floating the idea of 'State Witness' like a trial balloon in order to know if people would let it slide?
Kamket's suggestion may just be a trial balloon, as some said Wako's was in 1991, but you see how what goes around comes around?
The comments this weekend by Defence Minister General Amir Hatami appear to be a trial balloon to test the reaction of the idea, long pushed by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate.
"It was a trial balloon and it crashed," said Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute.
Political commentators put forward various theories for the reasons behind the tabling of Hadji-Ioannou's name, with some claiming it was one of the names thrown around during one of the party's brainstorming sessions where no final decisions had been made, and others speculating the party had merely been floating a trial balloon to gauge reaction on a candidate with similar characteristics.
WASHINGTON - After a trial balloon went over poorly with Congress, President Donald Trump told foreign leaders Wednesday night that he wouldn't end the North American Free Trade Agreement just yet.
And Baqeri's speech could be a trial balloon to see how other players will react.
Even casual followers of the career of Ray Buckley, chair of the NH Dems, were less than surprised when they heard RB float a trial balloon about throwing his hat in the ring to be the next chair of the national Dems.
Shriram Subramaniam, CEO of InGovern Research Services, a corporate governance and proxy advisory, says that the current offer of Mallya might just be a bargaining trial balloon. "The banks might want a settlement where they recover bulk of their dues and move on."
Was Clinton floating a trial balloon or just cozying up to Democrats in Iowa who still faun over the President?