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acid test

a severe and conclusive test to establish quality, genuineness, worth, etc.
Origin of acid test
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
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  • Her lines were read, not recited; and Shaw is the acid test for the amateur.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • One is known as the "acid test" and the other the "rennet test."

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
  • This then is your ideal kit for it has withstood the acid test of experience.

    Touring Afoot Claude Powell Fordyce
  • I have submitted that water-district plan to the acid test, Colonel.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • Their behaviour on that point would be the acid test of sincerity.

    The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell
  • He handled the Sunday excursions, which was the acid test of a trainmans grit.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • The acid test is: "Will your system fit the president's office?"

British Dictionary definitions for acid test

acid test

a rigorous and conclusive test to establish worth or value: the play passed the critic's acid test
Word Origin
C19: from the testing of gold with nitric acid
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Slang definitions & phrases for acid test

acid test

noun phrase

A party at which LSD is added to food and drink

verb phrase

To provide special effects at a party, usually of a psychedelic sort: He acid-tested his place with colored strobe lights

[Narcotics; punning adaptation of ''a final and decisive test'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with acid test

acid test

A decisive trial to determine worth or quality, as in Exposure to brilliant sunlight is the acid test for showing this fabric won't fade. Alluding to a 19th-century chemical test for distinguishing gold from other metals, this term was used figuratively by the early 1900s.
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