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noun

a rehearsal or practice exercise.
Military. practice in firing arms without using live ammunition.

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Origin of dry run

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
dry-run, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dry run

dry run

noun

military practice in weapon firing, a drill, or a manoeuvre without using live ammunition
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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