Idiom: test the water(s)
— Now that our son's a teenager, he sometimes tests the water with us before sharing his ideas with his friends.
— I'd test the waters with a fundraiser first before launching your political campaign.
— I’m testing the waters to see if having a photo on my CV makes any difference.
— Before you quit your job and start a consulting business I recommend you test the waters with one or two clients.
— We're testing the water to see what our parishioners think about having online church services.
— We should have tested the water before offering staff the possibility of working from home. It's going to be difficult to change the policy back now.
— My children are testing the waters by disobeying us regarding using their phones at night.
— Well, it's natural for children to begin testing the waters when they are teenagers.
— Whenever you launch a brand new product, you have to test the waters in a variety of ways before moving to full production.
— Well, we tested the waters and the new fragrance was widely disapproved.
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