But it is another thing to watch his own advisers float a trial balloon that he might finally change his story.
The shadow-boxing over the Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense trial balloon has turned ugly—and misleading.
The reply to Greeley was, as noted, a trial balloon, whose purpose was to test the reaction of the public to these alternatives.
The Israeli official response to Barak's trial balloon was unenthusiastic.
The whole Israeli press hullabaloo may be just a media invention or some trial balloon that will fade away.
A small campaign or test designed to gauge public response. The term originally referred to a balloon sent up to determine weather conditions: “The speech on free trade that the candidate delivered last month must have been a trial balloon; the audience reacted with hostility, and he has not mentioned the subject since.”
(also trendacious or trendoid) Following new trends in fashion, art, literature, etc; anxiously au courant: Fetch a tumbril for these fellows, or at least a trendy tailor/ A trendacious couple wear head-to-toe charcoal black/ Your trendoid older sister gives you all her hand-me-downs on the 5th (1962+)
(also trendoid): That will undoubtedly have great appeal to all you trendies out there/ and even a few tough trendoids from the East Village and Soho (1968+)