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come the acid

To be unpleasant or offensive, usually due to speaking in a caustic or sarcastic manner. Often followed by "with (someone)." Don't come the acid with me, son, or I'll knock you upside the head. I try to avoid her whenever I can, for she's far too quick to come the acid.
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put the acid on (someone)

To beg, importune, or proposition (someone) for something, such as a money loan, a favor (sexual or otherwise), or information. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. My no-account brother-in-law is always putting the acid on for a money loan—which, I'll add, he has never once paid back. It's like he's surprised when women in a random bar don't all come up putting the acid on him.
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be on acid

To be under the influence of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), a powerful psychedelic drug commonly known as "acid." A lot of my friends like being on acid, but it just makes me feel really tense and paranoid.
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on acid

Under the influence of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), a powerful psychedelic drug commonly known as "acid." The man was reportedly on acid when claimed he could fly and tried to jump off the building.
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acid test

A conclusive test. The phrase comes from the 19th-century practice of testing metals in nitric acid to determine if they contained gold. Restructuring the organization will be the acid test that determines whether or not it can survive the sudden downturn in the economy.
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acid test

Fig. a test whose findings are beyond doubt or dispute. The senator doesn't look too popular just now, but the acid test will be if he gets reelected.
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acid test

A decisive trial to determine worth or quality, as in Exposure to brilliant sunlight is the acid test for showing this fabric won't fade. Alluding to a 19th-century chemical test for distinguishing gold from other metals, this term was used figuratively by the early 1900s.
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the acid test

COMMON If you call something the acid test, it will prove how effective or useful something is. The acid test for the vaccine will be its performance in the south where the disease is more widespread. So far, I don't feel too bad but I'm waiting for my first really stressful day when things go wrong. That will be the real acid test. Note: Nitric acid can be used to test whether a metal is pure gold because it damages most metals but does not affect gold.
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n. lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). (Drugs.) Freddy got hold of some bad acid and freaked out.
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HALF A CENTURY AFTER PHILIP JOHNSON acidly proclaimed Frank Lloyd Wright "the greatest architect of the nineteenth century," a new traveling retrospective makes the case for Wright's relevance to the twenty-first.
Others remarked acidly that the IPCC and its teams, accompanied by swarms of government and media representatives, had travelled to Spain to make their announcement and would soon jet off to another great gathering in Bali, so they were evidently not over-worried.
In that particular context I can note that when Oscar Wilde heard Sir Henry Irving had been knighted, he remarked acidly to a friend: "My God, actors weren't buried in consecrated ground until the 1830s.
The poem is actually an angry polemic by Blake, commenting acidly on the dire effects of the Industrial Revolution.
Acidly he pointed out: 'I don't believe that a Bohemian society of people drinking caffe lattes in coffee bars is the ways to revive the pit villages of the North East.
There's a very funny rehab montage as Titus undergoes physical therapy (lots of semi-tasteless physical gags), as well as the show's acidly dark take on family life.
At one point Brooks acidly wonders why what he calls the "North Face Folks" with their REI ice-axes and crampons don't just go to Minnesota and spend their winter vacation working on a road crew.
Nobody has done that since my husband died," she responded acidly.
But the muzzles came off when observers acidly pointed out in the Press that the Royal Family showed more emotion when the Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned than on the day of Diana's funeral.
But since his release, the former CEO has proved a lively and oddly coherent chat show guest, causing one Guiness executive who knew him to remark acidly that Saunders' was the only case of senile dementia to reverse itself.
In The Progress Paradox (2003), the journalist Gregg Easterbrook ridicules the "abundance denial" of the developed world: "Our forebears, who worked and sacrificed tirelessly in the hopes their descendants would someday be free, comfortable, healthy, and educated, might be dismayed to observe how acidly we deny we now are these things.
But with the era of censorship long gone, this stage production returns to Williams' original script, with his acidly witty take on the complexities of human relationships and reinstating his original and emotionally powerful ending.
It was distinctly short of "the vision thing" - not, as Sir Menzies Campbell acidly observed, a job application.
As my Brit friends tell me acidly, that's because only the women can play.