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litmus test

noun [C ] uk   us  
a test to find out if a substance is acid or alkaline [usually singular] someone's decision or opinion about something that suggests what they think about a wider range of related things: The president's policy on abortion is regarded as a litmus test of his views on women's rights.
Translations of “litmus test”
in Chinese (Traditional) (具有更廣泛意義的)決定,意見…
in Chinese (Simplified) (具有更广泛意义的)决定,意见…
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