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English definition of “kite-flying”

kite-flying

noun [U]     /ˈkaɪtˌflaɪ.ɪŋ/
the act of trying to find out what people's opinion about something new will be by informally spreading news of it: These rumours of a new political party are obviously a kite-flying exercise.Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value
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