English version

trial balloon

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtrial balloonˈtrial balˌloon noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 something that you do or say in order to see whether other people will accept something or not 🔊 Senator Lott is floating trial balloons to test public opinion on the bill.
Examples from the Corpus
trial balloonIt was Mr Florio, elected in 1989, who floated himself as a trial balloon for Clintonomics.A good cabinet officer will take a policy proposal, put a trial balloon out.
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