One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Judge people's feelings or opinions before taking further action.
- ‘Where better to test the water than Hawick, traditionally a hotbed of rugby and perhaps the Scottish town most associated with the sport?’
- ‘Dubliner Ronnie Carroll tested the water in the city last year and feels the initiative will pay off handsomely for the Irish game.’
- ‘Olsen, the German fashion house, has just opened its first shop in Glasgow after testing the water with its own concession in a department store.’
- ‘Everton boss David Moyes is also an admirer of the 27-year-old and may test the water with a bid this summer as he looks to increase the size of his squad.’
- ‘A multinational company and a landowner have been testing the water on plans to bring a £100 million development to the area.’
- ‘As it happens, the French government will test the water, making our government's decision on when to jump that much easier.’
- ‘A spokesman from the trust said: ‘The advert has been placed to test the water and we will monitor any interest.’’
- ‘We have a few thoughts about where he could be moved to but the proceedings are at a very early stage and we are effectively testing the water.’
- ‘Susie Rae, of Ski Scotland, said: ‘We have limited the tickets because we are just testing the water to see if there is a demand out there.’’
- ‘It was basically a trial product that Nokia, the world's No.1 cell phone maker, was using to test the water.’
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