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dry (in the slang sense of "impotent" or "harmless") + run. First attested in print in 1941, but apparently much older in spoken English.
Had to do a dry-run beforehand to be sure of finding it in dark with current roadworks on motorway.
American intelligence officials said plotters hoped to stage a dry run within two days, the actual attacks following days later.
Do a dry run - Lay a few planks against the longest wall of the room to decide how you want the overall layout to look.
Do a dry run - Since these floor planks are permanently attached to the floor, lay out two to three complete rows before you begin nailing them down.
Do a dry run - Remember, you need the first row to be straight.
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