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.
The flamboyant former Barcelona man is an electric, bamboozling blur of neon footwork, an exciting symphony of shifting body-weight and balance, an unpredictable light-the-blue-touch-paper dribbler with only limited peripheral vision, spatial awareness or anything other than a vague nodding acquaintance with tactical discipline.
Ours was just a nodding acquaintance then as she was busy with her work and I had my hands full reporting crime in my beat, the Western Police District, now the Manila Police District.
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.
Even those readers with only a nodding acquaintance with yoga will recognize some of the positions.
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.
Any European in the 1940's with even a nodding acquaintance with history would have read Hitler's actions through his knowledge of Napoleon.
I'VE HAD A NODDING ACQUAINTANCE with Bill Wilson for nearly 30 years now.