from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A trial exercise; a rehearsal.
  • noun A test exercise in combat skills without the use of live ammunition.

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  • noun idiomatic A practice; a rehearsal.

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  • noun a practice session in preparation for a public performance (as of a play or speech or concert)


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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.


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