acid test


: a severe or crucial test

Examples of acid test in a Sentence

The new team faced its first acid test when it played the national champions.
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Word History


so called from the use of nitric acid to determine the gold content of jewelry

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acid test was in 1854

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“Acid test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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