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have a nodding acquaintance (with someone or something)

To have a slight or precursory knowledge of someone or something. Jim asked me to help fix his computer for him, but I'm afraid I only have a nodding acquaintance with how his machine works. Ruth and I had only a nodding acquaintance before going to the party, but once we got talking, it was like we'd been friends our whole lives.

delighted to make your acquaintance

I'm very happy to meet you. After hearing so many good things about you, I'm delighted to make your acquaintance, Stu. A: "You must be Jenny. It's so nice to meet you." B: "Delighted to make your acquaintance."

make (someone's) acquaintance

To meet someone for the first time. After hearing so many good things about you, I'm delighted to make your acquaintance. I heard that she's a very influential producer, so I'm very eager to make her acquaintance.
See also: acquaintance, make

scrape acquaintance with (someone)

old-fashioned To attempt to meet or befriend someone, especially because they may prove useful to one's needs, ambitions, or desires. He is constantly contriving ways to get into these parties so he can scrape acquaintance with someone from the film industry. It's been interesting to watch the people who tried to scrape acquaintance with her as her political career was on the rise just as quickly dissociate themselves from her in the midst of all this scandal.
See also: acquaintance, scrape

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

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 passing 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 passing acquaintance with property laws. I have a passing acquaintance with him, but I wouldn't feel comfortable asking him to help me on this project.

scrape up an acquaintance with (someone)

old-fashioned To attempt to meet or befriend someone, especially because they may prove useful to one's needs, ambitions, or desires. He is constantly contriving ways to get into these parties so he can scrape up an acquaintance with someone from the film industry. It's been interesting to watch the people who tried to scrape up an acquaintance with her as her political career was on the rise just as quickly dissociate themselves from her in the midst of all this scandal.
See also: acquaintance, scrape, up

(I'm) delighted to make your acquaintance.

Fig. I am very glad to meet you. Tom: My name is Tom. I work in the advertising department. Mary: I'm Mary. I work in accounting. Delighted to make your acquaintance. Tom: Yeah. Good to meet you. Fred: Sue, this is Bob. He'll be working with us on the Wilson project. Sue: I'm delighted to make your acquaintance, Bob. Bob: My pleasure.

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

scrape up an acquaintance

Make an effort to become familiar with someone, especially for one's own benefit. For example, He scraped up an acquaintance with the college president in hopes of getting his son admitted . This term uses scrape in the sense of "gather with difficulty" (also see under scare up). Originally put as scrape acquaintance, it was first recorded in 1600.
See also: acquaintance, scrape, up

a passing acquaintance with someone

If you have a passing acquaintance with someone, you know them slightly. To those with only a passing acquaintance he is charming and engaging. Note: You can also say that you have a nodding acquaintance with someone. And of course, he can now claim — after his first summit as head of government — more than a nodding acquaintance with his fellow leaders. Note: You can call a person a passing acquaintance or a nodding acquaintance if you know them slightly. He was no more than a passing acquaintance of Wright.

a passing acquaintance with something

If you have a passing acquaintance with something, you only know a little about it. These days a theatre-goer needs more than a passing acquaintance with science. Note: You can also say that you have a nodding acquaintance with something. We chatted for a little about poetry, with which he showed considerably more than a nodding acquaintance.

have a nodding acquaintance with someone or something

know someone slightly; know a little about something.
1989 Donnie Radcliffe Simply Barbara Bush Their families had lived less than ten miles apart as they were growing up, and their fathers almost certainly had a nodding acquaintance on the golf course.

scrape acquaintance with

contrive to get to know. dated
1992 Atlantic I thought how lucky the Crimms were to have scraped acquaintance with me, for I seldom reveal my identity to ordinary people on my jaunts around the world.
See also: acquaintance, scrape

make somebody’s acquaintance

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make the acquaintance of somebody

(formal) meet somebody for the first time: I am delighted to make your acquaintance, Mrs Baker.I made the acquaintance of several musicians at that time.
See also: acquaintance, make

have a nodding acˈquaintance with somebody/something

know somebody slightly/know a little about something: I have a nodding acquaintance with some members of the committee.You need at least a nodding acquaintance with the rules of chess to understand the book.

scrape (up) an acˈquaintance with somebody

(informal) try to become friends with somebody because they might be useful to you

make (someone's) acquaintance

To meet someone for the first time: I made his acquaintance at a business conference.
See also: acquaintance, make

nodding acquaintance, a

Superficial knowledge. An early nineteenth-century term, it conjures up the era when the formal bow was a normal greeting. Thomas Hughes used it in Tom Brown at Oxford (1861): “Many with whom he had scarcely a nodding acquaintance.”
See also: nod
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In short, the analysis of the data corpus of Juazeiro do Norte in light of the Typology of Interprofessional Collaboration suggests an incipient collaboration process, as some indicators of the dimensions are very weak or do not exist, such as shared goals, mutual acquaintanceship, trust, information exchange and support for innovation.
Know-like was recognized as a category related to [psychology's] acquaintanceship knowledge--"knowledge of people, places, and things, and although [acquaintanceship knowledge] may include declarative knowledge it need not necessarily do so, as when one knows a colour, or a smell, or a face, but cannot state any facts about it" (Colman, 2009-2016, acquaintanceship knowledge).
The results of the current study support the idea that familiarity can be interpreted very quickly through the expectations associated with a higher degree of acquaintanceship (e.g., social network connections, duration of acquaintanceship etc.).
For example, we control for the effects of the level of acquaintanceship between subjects (acquaintance).
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For example, the population sparseness associated with rurality--an ecological or spatial phenomenon--results in a high density of acquaintanceship, a socio-spatial phenomenon that carries social consequences.
* The first level of guarantees defines as rights of all children and adolescents the Fundamental Rights, such as life, education, health, housing, family and community acquaintanceship, culture, sports, leisure, among others;
Our acquaintanceship from there transformed into a friendship and we subsequently collaborated for the TV programme 'Lafzon ki Talash.' I used to meet the late poetess Perveen Shakir and Asad Raza there as well.
an 1834 leller to his mother indicating only minimal personal acquaintanceship with Schleiermacher minimizing Sposato's claims of extensive influence,
Most of the readership of crime fiction is not likely to have a close acquaintanceship with the daily grind of law enforcement.
Of course, inclusiveness in today's large nation states cannot match the Aristotelian ideal of mutual social acquaintanceship in a small city state, where everyone could meet regularly, and anyway Aristotle was describing a system of democracy that excluded all women and slaves from inclusion.
(One source questioned my patriotism, and another replied that it was good riddance, no one needs Catholics for anything.) So far I've yet to receive hostile responses from people whose invitations I've ignored to be their "friends" on Facebook--I suppose because the request implies a certain level of friendly acquaintanceship to begin with.
feels deeply hurt that his father is reluctant to support gay rights and has even forged a public acquaintanceship with a gay-bashing evangelical pastor.
For example, Hiraoka Hiroshi developed a love for the Boston Red Stockings while studying in New England, as well as an acquaintanceship with Red Stocking pitcher Albert G.
Had it not been for an acquaintanceship with the editor of Macmillan's Magazine, David Masson, and for his decision to insert "Up-Hill" in the February 1861 number, and then for Alexander Macmillan's admiration for her work, her introduction to the public would have been further delayed.