the proof of the pudding is in the eating

Proof means ‘test’ rather than the more normal ‘verification, proving to be true’.

c 1300 King Alisaunder (EETS) 1. 4038 Jt is ywrite that euery thing Hymself sheweth in the tastyng.

1623 W. CAMDEN Remains concerning Britain (ed. 3) 266 All the proofe of a pudding, is in the eating.

1666 G. TORRIANO Italian Proverbs 100 (note) Astheysay at the winding up, or the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

1738 SWIFT Polite Conversation ii. 132 The Proof of the Pudden is in the Eating.

1842 R. H. BARHAM Ingoldsby Legends 2nd ser. 25 With respect to the scheme..I’ve known soldiers adopt a worse stratagem... There’s a proverb however, I’ve always thought clever..The proof of the Pudding is found in the eating.

1924 J. GALSWORTHY White Monkey III. xii. Let us..look at the thing more widely. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

1997 New Scientist 19 July 41 Lindzen for one argues that if the models get the detail wrong, they will get the big picture wrong, too. But modellers say the proof of the pudding is in the eating.


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  • The proof of the pudding is in the eating — is a proverb that means You will not fully comprehend it until you try it or results are what count. It is frequently rendered in the shorter form The proof is in the pudding, which dates back to the 1920s and came into common use in the United… …   Wikipedia

  • (the) proof of the pudding (is in the eating) — the proof of the pudding (is in the eating) phrase you can only judge the quality of something by trying it for yourself Thesaurus: words used to describe proof and evidencehyponym to try to show that an idea or belief is wrongsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) proof of the pudding (is in the eating). — The proof of the pudding (is in the eating). something that you say which means that you cannot judge the value of something until you have tried it. I ve read the proposal and it looks promising, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating …   New idioms dictionary

  • (the) proof of the pudding is in the eating — the proof of the pudding (is in the eating) the way to judge something is by its results. Economic growth is the proof of the pudding for the president s tax and budget plans …   New idioms dictionary

  • the proof of the pudding is in the eating — ► the proof of the pudding is in the eating proverb the real value of something can be judged only from practical experience or results. Main Entry: ↑proof …   English terms dictionary

  • the proof of the pudding is in the eating — proverb the real value of something can be judged only from practical experience or results and not from appearance or theory * * * the proof of the pudding is in the eating see ↑pudding • • • Main Entry: ↑eat …   Useful english dictionary

  • the proof of the pudding is in the eating — do not judge until you test the finished product, do not jump to conclusions    She drew a cartoon of a boy with a plum on his thumb. Then she wrote The proof of the pudding …   English idioms

  • proof of the pudding is in the eating — This means that something can only be judged when it is tested or by its results. (It is often shortened to Proof of the pudding .) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • proof of the pudding is in the eating — Only through actual experience can the value of something be tested. A proverb. * /He was intrigued by the ads about the new high mileage sports cars. Drive one, sir, the salesman said. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • proof of the pudding is in the eating — Only through actual experience can the value of something be tested. A proverb. * /He was intrigued by the ads about the new high mileage sports cars. Drive one, sir, the salesman said. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

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