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English definition of “test the water(s)”

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test the water(s)

to find out whether something is likely to be successful before you do or try it: Candidates like to test the waters before running for office.
Translations of “test the water(s)”
in Chinese (Traditional) 試探(人們對某事的意見)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 试探(人们对某事的意见)…
(Definition of test the water(s) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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