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dry run

noun
1.
a rehearsal or practice exercise.
2.
Military. practice in firing arms without using live ammunition.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45, Americanism
Related forms
dry-run, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dryrun

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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Slang definitions & phrases for dryrun

dry run

noun phrase

A tryout, practice version, or rehearsal of something planned: One more dry run, then tomorrow we do it (1940s+)

verb

: so the medical staff could ''dry run'' their equipment


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Idioms and Phrases with dryrun
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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