acid test


Definition of 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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That continuing power of inspiration, it might be argued, is the acid test of Burle Marx’s greatness. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This Brazilian artist and landscape architect was bound only by the limits of his imagination," 8 July 2019 Next up for Morocco was the real acid test: England., "World Cup Countdown: 8 Weeks to Go - Morocco Give Africa Their Moment in the Mexican Sun," 27 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, Ryan's plans to cut benefit programs faced the acid test last year as well, during last year's health care debacle., "Ryan's departure: leaving behind new tax code, wife happy he's quitting," 11 Apr. 2018 Michael Wolff's book has become the acid test for whether people believe in the truth or are simply interested in taking down President Trump at whatever cost. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "It's time to stop paying so much attention to Michael Wolff's sloppy book," 9 Jan. 2018 That later stat proves two things: NKU's dominance in the paint is up for an acid test, and A&M forces opponents into poor shots, which lead to rebounds and possessions. Charlie Hatch,, "NKU takeaways and preview ahead of No. 8 Texas A&M," 18 Dec. 2017 Early next year, Google’s quantum computer will face its acid test in the form of an obscure computational problem that would take a classical computer billions of years to complete. Jack Nicas, WSJ, "How Google’s Quantum Computer Could Change the World," 16 Oct. 2017 How well a truck is loaded is the acid test of a mover. Longreads, "A High-End Mover Dishes on Truckstop Hierarchy, Rich People, and Moby Dick," 21 Sep. 2017 In California, a promising novelist named Ken Kesey gathered a Dionysian troupe of Merry Pranksters and put on a series of huge parties called acid tests, where revelers dosed themselves and danced to a new band called the Grateful Dead. Don Lattin, Slate Magazine, "The War on Drugs Halted Research Into the Potential Benefits of Psychedelics," 3 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of acid test

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acid test

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

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: a difficult situation or task that shows if someone or something is good enough to succeed

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