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What is an acid test? #1 (permalink) Thu Nov 11, 2010 16:13 pm   What is an acid test?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #299 "English Slang Idioms (21)", question 8

He performed an ......... test on the business he wanted to invest in and saw that it was in a good position to pay its current liabilities.

(a) outcome
(b) income
(c) acid
(d) input

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #299 "English Slang Idioms (21)", answer 8

He performed an acid test on the business he wanted to invest in and saw that it was in a good position to pay its current liabilities.

Correct answer: (c) acid
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What does acid mean here? Perhaps is the slang name of LSD?
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What is an acid test? #2 (permalink) Fri Nov 12, 2010 0:03 am   What is an acid test?
 

You are doing a test about idioms.You have to take the meaning of the phrase as a whole because there is often no literal translation of the individual vocabulary.
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acid test #3 (permalink) Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:04 am   acid test
 

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Hello BZ,

The "acid" word misled me. Now I understand that in that sentence it is nothing to do with the chemistry.
acid test = a rigorous and conclusive test which can used in almost every domain of the life.
-acid test for gold
-acid test for suites of web browsers
-acid test for spam filtering
-acid test for saving our oceans from CO2, etc
Thanks again:
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