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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.

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"Eblex has shown genuine leadership in helping the livestock industry and its supply chain become more sustainable, and I look forward to seeing the roadmap continue to develop as a catalyst for change." Testing the Water includes further suggestions of how the red meat industry can cut the impact of livestock production on the environment.
They warn the packs would also effectively end the practice of 'testing the water' where a home is put on the market for a limited period.
Testing the water? More like testing our intelligence Mr Prescott!!!
Pub and restaurant chain Mitchells & Butler said it was 'testing the water' over The Old Contemptibles in Edmund Street by inviting offers for the management of the premises.
Muse notes, "Students went from thinking the project was hard to looking forward to our trips to the river and testing the water. This type of experience makes more sense to students and helps them remember what they're learning." Cache Intermediate School Principal Roger Arter adds, "The project has been a great learning experience."
As we passed the pool area, I'd take a quick dive in to "test the water." In the three years I worked there, I don't think anyone figured out that "testing the water" was my version of "taking a shower."
Louis have been in town, presumably testing the water.