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dry run

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noun
  1. a rehearsal or practice exercise.
  2. Military. practice in firing arms without using live ammunition.
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Origin of dry run

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
Related formsdry-run, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Would practice without actually firing the weapon be helpful—that is, a dry-run practice?

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Could you give us an estimate of how much time they used in this dry-run practice, each?

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy


British Dictionary definitions for dry run

dry run

noun
  1. military practice in weapon firing, a drill, or a manoeuvre without using live ammunition
  2. informal a trial or practice, esp in simulated conditions; rehearsal
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Idioms and Phrases with dry run

dry run

A trial exercise or rehearsal, as in Regard this as a dry run for tonight's ceremony. This term, using dry in the sense of “unproductive,” was at first employed mainly in the military for simulated bombings in which no bombs were dropped. [c. 1940]

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