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 Pilot,Pilot Fish. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Pilot Balloon (A).
 
A political feeler; a hint thrown out to ascertain public opinion on some moot point.   1
        “As this gentleman is in the confidence of ministers, it is fair to assume that he was deputed to start this statement as a pilot balloon.”—Newspaper leader, 1885.
 


 Pilot,Pilot Fish. 

 
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