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 for To be of acquaintance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Acquaintance \Ac*quaint"ance\, n. [OE. aqueintance, OF.
     acointance, fr. acointier. See Acquaint.]
     1. A state of being acquainted, or of having intimate, or
        more than slight or superficial, knowledge; personal
        knowledge gained by intercourse short of that of
        friendship or intimacy; as, I know the man; but have no
        acquaintance with him.
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              Contract no friendship, or even acquaintance, with a
              guileful man.                         --Sir W.
                                                    Jones.
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     2. A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.
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              Montgomery was an old acquaintance of Ferguson.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     Note: In this sense the collective term acquaintance was
           formerly both singular and plural, but it is now
           commonly singular, and has the regular plural
           acquaintances.
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     To be of acquaintance, to be intimate.
  
     To take acquaintance of or with, to make the acquaintance
        of. [Obs.]
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     Syn: Familiarity; intimacy; fellowship; knowledge.
  
     Usage: Acquaintance, Familiarity, Intimacy. These words
            mark different degrees of closeness in social
            intercourse. Acquaintance arises from occasional
            intercourse; as, our acquaintance has been a brief
            one. We can speak of a slight or an intimate
            acquaintance. Familiarity is the result of continued
            acquaintance. It springs from persons being frequently
            together, so as to wear off all restraint and reserve;
            as, the familiarity of old companions. Intimacy is the
            result of close connection, and the freest interchange
            of thought; as, the intimacy of established
            friendship.
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                  Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our
                  nearer acquaintance with him.     --Addison.
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                  We contract at last such a familiarity with them
                  as makes it difficult and irksome for us to call
                  off our minds.                    --Atterbury.
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                  It is in our power to confine our friendships
                  and intimacies to men of virtue.  --Rogers.
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