Au fait



having experience or practical knowledge of a thing; expert; versed.
Historical Examples

Have you finished with Abbe Nolet, and are you ‘au fait’ of all the properties and effects of air?
The PG Edition of Chesterfield’s Letters to His Son The Earl of Chesterfield

Wherefore she knew that her gray foulard was distinctly not au fait.
Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche

Inspectors of weights, &c. are not au fait to this fruitful source of fraud among hucksters.
A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines Andrew Ure

If poets wrote only of things with which they were au fait, where would all our poetry be?
Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar

His lordship appears to be au fait on every subject one can possibly imagine.
The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Volumes One and Two Harriette Wilson

Yes, but it would not be au fait for Madame to wear darned stockings.
Drusilla with a Million Elizabeth Cooper

But I tell you what, I’ll come and smoke a cigar with you afterwards, and put you au fait with all our various concerns.
Stella Fregelius H. Rider Haggard

I have told him nothing, yet he seems to be au fait to the whole business.
Charlotte Bront T. Wemyss Reid

A few days of preparation makes Madame “au fait” in the newest fashions.
The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage

Meanwhile Jessie was making Maxwell au fait with the situation.
The Weight of the Crown Fred M. White

adjective
fully informed; in touch or expert
adj.

1743, French, “to the point, to the matter under discussion,” literally “to the fact,” from fait “fact” (see feat). Used in French with sense of “acquainted with the facts.”

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