a nodding acquaintance with (someone or something)

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a nodding acquaintance

A very limited knowledge of or familiarity with a given person or thing. I'll help you as best I can, but I only have a nodding acquaintance with property laws. I have a nodding acquaintance with him, but I wouldn't feel comfortable asking him to help me on this project.
See also: acquaintance, nod

a nodding acquaintance with (someone or something)

A very limited knowledge of or familiarity with a given person or thing. I'll help you as best I can, but I only have a nodding acquaintance with property laws. I have a nodding acquaintance with him, but I wouldn't feel comfortable asking him to help me on this project.
See also: acquaintance, nod
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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".
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By Saturday, the word had gotten around, and Marilyn Shannon, a lady with lots of guts and more than a nodding acquaintance with cancer, decided to participate, as well.
Anyone with a nodding acquaintance with the field knows that there is general agreement on the pattern and content of the steps of each period, yet almost all of these significant basic features are missing from Berkut's videos.
Ask anyone enjoying even a nodding acquaintance with history if this isn't true.