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proving ground

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noun
  1. any place, context, or area for testing something, as a piece of scientific equipment, a theory, etc.
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Origin of proving ground

First recorded in 1940–45
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  • A proving-ground for guns, armor, etc., has been established there.

    The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 38, July 29, 1897

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British Dictionary definitions for proving ground

proving ground

noun
  1. a place or situation in which something new, such as equipment or a theory, can be tested
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