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"test the water(s)" in British English

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test the water(s)

to ​find out what people's ​opinions of something are before you ​ask them to do something
(Definition of test the water(s) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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.
(Definition of test the water(s) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “test the water(s)”
in Chinese (Simplified) 试探(人们对某事的意见)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 試探(人們對某事的意見)…
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