perfect stranger

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perfect stranger

 and total stranger
Fig. a person who is completely unknown [to oneself]. I was stopped on the street by a perfect stranger who wanted to know my name. If a total stranger asked me such a personal question, I am sure I would not answer!
See also: perfect, stranger
References in classic literature ?
Even at the time he had thought it strange that, on the strength of a single evening spent together, Nutty should have invited a total stranger to make an indefinite visit to his home.
Her light flow of talk, and her lively familiarity of manner with a total stranger, were accompanied by an unaffected naturalness and an easy inborn confidence in herself and her position, which would have secured her the respect of the most audacious man breathing.
He's writing on your slate; and he's a total stranger to me.
They merely observed that he was short, that he was dressed in black, and that he was a total stranger to them -- and continued their homeward walk, without thinking more about the loitering foot-passenger whom they had met on their way back.
The girl blushed in mortification at the very thought that she could cling so resolutely to the memory of a total stranger, and--still greater humiliation--long in the secret depths of her soul to see him again.
To him it was the most natural thing in the world thus to be familiarly seized and shaken about by a total stranger, while a jovial voice muttered: "That's right, dog.
I can have no intention of offending you, seeing that I am a total stranger to you and to Mr.
Here is a young lady," he said, "who is a total stranger to me.
It was as if this man had known her recent history; yet he was a total stranger.
Then he could not help himself, he hurried on to catch her up, eager and anxious, only to find that it was a total stranger.
Call me Turan," replied the man, for it had come to him that if Tara of Helium recognized him as the man whose impetuous avowal of love had angered her that day in the gardens of The Warlord, her situation might be rendered infinitely less bearable than were she to believe him a total stranger.
Tarzan spoke to the girl, thanking her for the sacrifice she had made for him, a total stranger.
Taken aback by the sight of a total stranger, who bowed with a tolerably awkward air, she looked at me with a coolly courteous expression and an adorable pout, in which I, who knew her secret, could read the full extent of her disappointment.
Luker, or some such name--though the man is, of course, a total stranger to her.
I wish he was so very strange a man as to be a total stranger,' answered the sharp little thing.