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English definition of “acid test”

acid test

noun [C usually sing]    /ˈæs·ɪd ˈtest/
the proof of the value of something, or the standard that something must meet in order to prove its value: In 1933, the pressurized airplane passed the acid test when it flew from Chicago to Washington at 22,000 feet above heavy storm clouds.
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