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acid test

n.
A decisive or critical test, as of worth or quality.

[From the testing of gold in nitric acid.]
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acid test

n
a rigorous and conclusive test to establish worth or value: the play passed the critic's acid test.
[C19: from the testing of gold with nitric acid]
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ac′id test′


n.
a severe and conclusive test, as to establish quality, genuineness, or worth.
[1890–95]
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acid test

- A test that is conclusive of the value or success of something, derived from the original use of nitric acid as a test for gold.
See also related terms for success.
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acid test

Any decisive test or ordeal; from the former use of nitric acid to test a metal for its gold content.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acid test - a rigorous or crucial appraisalacid test - a rigorous or crucial appraisal  
appraisal, assessment - the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
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Translations
épreuve par le feu

acid test

nprova del fuoco
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