[Vocabulary] He's testing the waters.

beachboy

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If I am a very quiet man who hardly ever accepts provocations, but there is this guy who keeps picking on me just to check how much I can bear, can I say that he's testing the waters? Btw, is there better way to say "accept provocations"?
 

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Aha! Try "doesn't tolerate being provoked".
 

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You could say that he's seeing how far he can go/take it/push it.
 
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