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 ?
Two months had come and gone before the convalescent in the Sacramento hospital was identified with Kirkman, the absconding San Francisco clerk; even then, there must elapse nearly a fortnight more till the perfect stranger could be hunted up, the portmanteau recovered, and John's letter carried at length to its destination, the seal still unbroken, the inclosure still intact.
This was not, however, the case of Jones; for as he was a perfect stranger to the truth, so he was with good reason offended at the treatment he received.
I had a strong hope, which never left me, that I should one day recover my liberty: and as to the ignominy of being carried about for a monster, I considered myself to be a perfect stranger in the country, and that such a misfortune could never be charged upon me as a reproach, if ever I should return to England, since the king of Great Britain himself, in my condition, must have undergone the same distress.
During all this shooting, Robin exchanged no word with his men, each treating the other as a perfect stranger.
A lady, a perfect stranger to me, came in late--after we had left the table, and had retired to the drawing-room.
I have but one word to say," said I; "for to all this dispute I am a perfect stranger.
Although he was a perfect stranger in the court of M.
I can give no better idea of the disordered and desperate condition of my mind at that time than by owning that I actually consulted this perfect stranger on the question of my personal appearance.
You are such a perfect stranger in the house, that you are puzzled by my familiar references to the worthy inhabitants.
demanded the shirt, a perfect stranger to me, by the way, for I had never seen him before the accidents of the wash-tub brought us in collision; "who is your boss, pocket-handkerchief, I say?
But there are some things which are too much, and bringing a perfect stranger back with you for an indefinite period is one of them.
It excited the liveliest admiration that I, a perfect stranger, should know the road (for direction and road are synonymous in this open country) to places where I had never been.
I did not grasp their mistake at first, and I thought, "How rude of them to go on like that, with a perfect stranger, too
I was surprised that he should nominate his children Master and Miss Bloomfield; and still more so, that he should speak so uncivilly to me, their governess, and a perfect stranger to himself.
Let him be applied to, if you please, for it will be less unpleasant to me than to have a perfect stranger.