litmus test


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litmus test

n.
A test for chemical acidity or basicity using litmus paper.
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"The stakes are incredibly high and it will be a litmus test for us mentally.
In the decision process, I pay a lot of attention to growth in the domestic demand, and it must remain strong for the litmus test to give an indication of increasing investments in the Philippine stock market again.
"This is a litmus test to the new leadership of the DFA which has arguably more gravitas than the previous one," Hontiveros said in a statement.
While insisting that the party's primary exercise passed the litmus test of fairness, free and credible primary election, the PDP boss said the PDP leaders were working to ensure that they went into the September 22 election with a united PDP.
Ali Tareen had lost the NA-154 by-polls to PML-N's Peer Iqbal Shah, an election which was considered a litmus test for both the parties in the build-up to the upcoming general elections.
It is our united voice that will have to serve as the litmus test for those who support our struggle or purport to do so.
Bilawal said that Peshawar by-election cannot be a litmus test for popularity of any political party.
Her most recent column is titled "Of course Abortion should be a litmus test for Democrats."
The GMB, Unite, Ucatt and Prospect said confirming the financial go-ahead was the first "litmus test" for big projects following the EU referendum result.
By relaxing defensive language, redirecting litmus test questions and speaking with confidence, you can engage vegans and non-vegan activists in productive conversation about bees that will position you as a reliable source of information, and perhaps even earn your honey some new fans.
New Delhi: From the common man's perspective, Union Budget 2016 could be really a litmus test for the Modi government.