put through one's paces

put through one's paces  {v. phr.},  {informal}
To test the different abilities and skills of a person or a thing; call for a show of what one can do.
He put his new car through its paces.
Many different problems put the new mayor through his paces in the first months of his term.
Categories: {informal} {v. phr.}

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