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ballon d'essai

[ba-lawn de-se] /ba lɔ̃ dɛˈsɛ/
noun, plural ballons d'essai
[ba-lawn de-se] /ba lɔ̃ dɛˈsɛ/ (Show IPA).
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ballon d'essai

/bæˈlõ dɛˈseɪ/
noun (pl) ballons d'essai (bæˈlõ dɛˈseɪ)
a project or policy put forward experimentally to gauge reactions to it Compare trial balloon
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: trial balloon
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