try (something) on for size

try (something) on for size

To try, use, or consider something in order to make a decision or form an opinion about it. Likened to putting on a garment to see if it fits. Sometimes used as a rhetorical imperative to behold an extreme example of something. The whole point of test driving a car is to try it on for size to see if you feel comfortable in it. Too hungry for a regular burger? Try this on for size! It's eight patties!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

try something (on) (for size)

1. Lit. to put on an article of clothing to see if it fits. Here, try this on for size and see if it fits any better. Please try on this shirt for size.
2. Fig. to evaluate an idea or proposition. Now, try on this idea. Try this plan for size. I think you'll like it.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

try something on for size


try something for size

If you try something on for size or try something for size, you consider it carefully or try using it in order to decide whether you think it is good or whether you believe it. `Right now, everything is ambiguous.' She says the word `ambiguous' slowly, as though trying it on for size. `Jarvis was fired?' he repeated, trying the idea for size and seeming to find it rather pleasing.
See also: for, on, size, something, try
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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