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acid test

noun
1.
a severe and conclusive test to establish quality, genuineness, worth, etc.
Origin of acid test
1890-1895
1890-95
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  • The acid test of any service done for our soldiers in France is the value the men themselves place upon it.

    The War Romance of the Salvation Army Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill
  • I have submitted that water-district plan to the acid test, Colonel.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • The writer believes for city milk inspectors that the acid test would serve a very useful purpose.

  • He handled the Sunday excursions, which was the acid test of a trainmans grit.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • On the whole Buck Weaver would stand the acid test, the old soldier was coming to think.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • Like the dying––or the reborn––Northrup put his loved ones to the acid test.

    At the Crossroads Harriet T. Comstock
  • The acid test in arithmetic was not the mastery of the method, but the number of minutes required to work out an example.

British Dictionary definitions for acid test

acid test

noun
1.
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.
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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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