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TEST. Something by which to ascertain the truth respecting another thing. 7 Penn. St. Rep. 428; 6 Whart. 284. Vide Religious Test.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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At a meeting on July 22, local resident Aileen Longmire read from a Loudon County Sheriff's Office report that said a deputy was at one point investigating water pollution around the landfill, and even took samples, but never tested the water.
Summary: Tottenham have tested the water over their interest in Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, but have been told he is simply not for sale.
Stone flaunted her curves as she tested the water from the back of a yacht moored off Sardinia, reports the Sun.