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a test of public opinion

a balloon sent up to test air currents

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I do think we need to be careful because there are going to be a lot of different trial balloons, and what counts is how you put all this together," Cornyn said.
No longer a trial balloon, as observed by some pundits.
Last month, Netanyahu floated a trial balloon on the future of the presidency, ordering his advisers to sound out cabinet colleagues on suspending the poll and evaluating the need for the position, political sources said.
A It really was a trial balloon, launched from Nevada, where the company conducts tests to improve the technology.
Netanyahu might have thrown this trial balloon as part of his own negotiating tactic.
In a possible trial balloon related to Kerry's mission, Israel's Haaretz newspaper quoted a minister from Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party as saying the PM knew a peace deal would mean giving up most of the West Bank.
In a possible trial balloon related to Kerry's mission, Israel's Hretz newspaper quoted a minister from Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party as saying the prime minister knew a peace deal would mean giving up most of the West Bank.
Collegio said if you follow Kentucky politics a lot of air is being pumped into the Ashley Judd trial balloon, added they just took the opportunity to pin prick it a little bit.
In the past, some of the more serious candidates have made it a point to float a trial balloon or two by now about their interest in running for council so they could get their names out to the public.
They are floating a trial balloon to see how the market responds," said Jim Krane, a researcher at Cambridge University's Judge Business School and author of the 2009 book "City of Gold, Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism.
Are leading figures on all sides in contact with each other; or are these just proxy figures and independents throwing out the occasional trial balloon and seeing whether it floats?
So all this talk seem much more than a trial balloon.
Meanwhile, it's not entirely clear from his piece on whether the US should kill Assad whether Peter Beinart is making a modest proposal or floating a trial balloon with the most plausible deniability possible.
To many, this announcement sounded like a trial balloon to see if the world was concerned about the proposed execution of Ashtiani for adultery or was just agitated by the sentence of stoning.
The so-called Bernadotte Plan for Arab-Israeli settlement was sent out twice: in June (1948) as a trial balloon and in September (1948) as a proposal for UN action.