By Robert Allen
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The connection, if any, with acid test is uncertain. Early 20th cent. acquaintance make the acquaintance (of somebody) to come to know somebody (replacing take acquaintance with, which referred to knowledge of people and things). 18th cent. Fanny Burney Camilla 1796 She then spoke of the ball, public breakfast, and raffle; chatting both upon persons and things with, an easy gaiety, and sprightly negligence, extremely amusing to Camilla, and which soon, in despight of the unwillingness with which she had entered her house, brought back her original propensity to make the acquaintance, and left no regret for what Lionel had done.
Roker. ’ ‘He must be a first-rater,’ said Sam. ‘A 1,’ replied Mr. Roker. from A to B from one place to another, representing a whole journey from the starting-point (A) to the destination (B). Occasionally used figuratively about lengthy tasks and ventures that are compared to journeys. 18th cent. T Mathias The Pursuits of Literature 1798 Be regular: from A to B proceed; I hate your zig-zag verse, and wanton heed. from A to Z from beginning to end; in every detail; over the whole range. g. Wines and Liqueurs from A to Z, but this use is now dated.
From A to Z from beginning to end; in every detail; over the whole range. g. Wines and Liqueurs from A to Z, but this use is now dated. 19th cent. Jane Austen Persuasion 1818 This very awkward history of Mr. Elliot, was still, after an interval of several years, felt with anger by Elizabeth, who had liked the man for himself, and still more for being her father’s heir, and whose strong family pride could see only in him, a proper match for Sir Walter Elliot’s eldest daughter. There was not a baronet from A to Z, whom her feelings could have so willingly acknowledged as an equal.