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ballon d'essai

[ ba-lawnde-se ]
/ ba lɔ̃ dɛˈsɛ /
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noun, plural bal·lons d'es·sai [ba-lawnde-se]. /ba lɔ̃ dɛˈsɛ/. French.
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British Dictionary definitions for ballon d'essai

ballon d'essai
/ (bæˈlõ dɛˈseɪ) /

noun plural ballons d'essai (bæˈlõ dɛˈseɪ)
a project or policy put forward experimentally to gauge reactions to itCompare trial balloon

Word Origin for ballon d'essai

C19: from French, literally: trial balloon
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