put one through one's paces

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To test several or all functions or training of a person, animal, machine, etc.
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The new fire chief really put us through our paces, we had to wash all the fire trucks and then had two different fire drills.
When I test drove the new car, the salesman let me take it out to the freeway to put it through its paces.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

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