- a severe and conclusive test to establish quality, genuineness, worth, etc.
Origin of acid test
Related Words for acid testanalysis, experiment, proof, substantiation, trial, genuineness, verification
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They are the acid-test, by which the presence of empire may be determined.The American Empire
- a rigorous and conclusive test to establish worth or valuethe play passed the critic's acid test
Word Origin for 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.