nodding acquaintance


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nodding acquaintance

Superficial knowledge of someone or something, as in I have a nodding acquaintance with the company president, or She has a nodding acquaintance with that software program. This expression alludes to knowing someone just well enough to nod or bow upon meeting him or her. "Early 1800s]
See also: acquaintance, nod
References in classic literature ?
And still I maintained no more than a nodding acquaintance with him.
Even knowing who they are would help - after all, you're only on nodding acquaintance with some.
He has only a nodding acquaintance with the neighbors.
Anyone with a nodding acquaintance of the region's history will realize what Teguia is up to from the film's opening sequence.
As a long term resident of the Bryn-Y-Gog estate Michael had a nodding acquaintance with Bridger who had also previously lived there.
Being professionally obliged to keep a nodding acquaintance with "popular culture", I read Lady Gaga was leaping to the defence of Miley Cyrus for her "twerking".
Students are presumed to have at least a nodding acquaintance with the Fourier transform of distributions, the Sobolev embedding theorems, and the Fredholm Theorem.
Similarly, coal mining contracts were awarded to firms which had a nodding acquaintance with power, steel and cement production.
At the end of the eight-day cruise we were on first-name terms with at least 30 fellow passengers and on nodding acquaintance with perhaps 50 more.
The inner city English medium schools in the South East and beyond have pupils from the most deprived areas and from scores of nationalities, some of whom only have a nodding acquaintance with English.
The West Brom boss has found himself an unexpected YouTube star after his nodding acquaintance with a hoarding following his side's previous league game at the Hawthorns - the New Year's Day defeat by Everton.
So we have made a nodding acquaintance, this holy place and I, and my memories will endure longer than those few notes that I jotted down; but now comes the point that women readers and I must part, because what is below is information about how to get to stay on Mount Athos, and, well, you know the rules.
It is the journalistic equivalent of a blocked punt, dyspeptic, morbidly negative, mired in history from which everyone (except the author) has moved on and permeated by only a nodding acquaintance with the facts.
She says the workshop is for someone who has basic writing experience, is highly motivated and has at least a nodding acquaintance with the novel that dwells within.
Those keeping up a nodding acquaintance with the historiography of the Eisenhower years will want to know where this book fits into the debate over Eisenhower's leadership.