Definition of nodding acquaintance in English:

nodding acquaintance

phrase

  • A slight acquaintance with a person or knowledge of a subject.

    ‘students will need a nodding acquaintance with three other languages’
    • ‘The price has little more than a nodding acquaintance with the actual value; the only thing that matters is what the next sucker in line is willing to pay.’
    • ‘Now, I would have thought that anyone who has had even a nodding acquaintance with Econ 101 would have figured that as the most natural outcome of market integration.’
    • ‘It's a production designed with short attention spans in mind, although it helps if you have at least a nodding acquaintance with the plays themselves.’
    • ‘There were three women; I was on nodding acquaintance with one of them, so we exchanged greetings.’
    • ‘There was no evidence of anything beyond a nodding acquaintance between the two neighbours.’
    • ‘We can rely on these crowds to be reasonably well behaved and to have at least a nodding acquaintance with the laws of the game.’
    • ‘Parody clicks only when the viewer identifies with the subject, and London as of now is only starting to make more than a nodding acquaintance with Indian culture.’
    • ‘Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.’
    • ‘It only takes a nodding acquaintance with this man to realise that that is not his nature.’
    • ‘But I was hesitant to do that because, frankly, some of the news these days looks to have little more than a nodding acquaintance with reality and doesn't make any coherent sense to me at all.’
    bit, small amount, little, modicum, touch, soupçon
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