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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Balloon (A pilot).
 
Metaphorically, a feeler, sent to ascertain public opinion.   1
        “The pilot balloon sent from … has shown [the sender] the direction of the wind, and he now trims his sails accordingly.”—Newspaper paragraph, January, 1886.
 


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