Meaning: to try something out to test it. Use examples.
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Rewrite 2: windvt6 it up and see if it runs
Rewrite 3: see how it fares in some market research
Rewrite 4: plug it in and see if it goes10a
Comment: You should be able to come up with plenty of “trial balloons” to test.
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• Clichés about the French language.