One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A test match played at cricket.
2A notional test of the extent to which an immigrant (or descendant of immigrants) has integrated into English society, based on whether he or she supports the England cricket team when it plays the team representing the relevant foreign country. Hence used similarly with reference to countries other than England, or sports other than cricket.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Observer. From cricket + test.
cricket test/ˈkrɪkɪt tɛst/
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