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proof is in the pudding

Prov. You cannot be sure that you have succeeded until you have examined the result of your efforts. Jill: I think we've done a good job of fixing the lawn mower. Jane: Well, the proof is in the pudding. We haven't tried to mow the lawn with it yet.
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The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Prov. You don't know the quality of something until you have tried it or experienced it. Theory says that this material will produce a superior widget, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
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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.
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over-egg the pudding

to spoil something by trying too hard to improve it As a director, I think he has a tendency to over-egg the pudding, with a few too many gorgeous shots of the countryside.
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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.
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be in the pudding club

  (British old-fashioned)
to be pregnant Tina says Karen's in the pudding club.
See over-egg the pudding
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proof of the pudding, the

Results are what count, as in Let's see if this ad actually helps sales-the proof of the pudding, you know. The full expression of this proverb, dating from about 1600, is The proof of the pudding is in the eating, but it has become so well known that it is often abbreviated.
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pudding ring

n. a mustache and goatee, grown together to form a circle. He worked and worked to get his “pudding ring” just right, then got a huge zit that ruined the whole thing.
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Everybody had something to say about it, but nobody said or thought it was at all a small pudding for a large family.
At this we waited for no more, but shook hands with her upon the bargain, made short work of the puddings, and set forth again from Limekilns as far as to the wood.
When we had done, he brought me a pudding, and having set it before me, seemed to ruminate, and to become absent in his mind for some moments.
A handsome mince-pie had been made yesterday morning (which accounted for the mincemeat not being missed), and the pudding was already on the boil.
whose name was Samuel Whiskers),-- "Anna Maria, make me a kitten dumpling roly-poly pudding for my dinner.
One was upholding the merits of hasty pudding and the other stood out stoutly for meat pie, "especially--quoth this one--"when flavored with young onions
For, after all, I AM a distant kinsman of yours--the seventh drop of water in the pudding, as the proverb has it--yet still a kinsman, and at the present time your nearest relative and protector, seeing that where you had the right to look for help and protection, you found only treachery and insult.
Their idea of a square meal is a pound and a half of roast beef with five or six good-sized potatoes (soapy ones preferred as being more substantial), plenty of greens, and four thick slices of Yorkshire pudding, followed by a couple of currant dumplings, a few green apples, a pen'orth of nuts, half a dozen jumbles, and a bottle of ginger-beer.
He mustn't eat the Yorkshire pudding till he's shaken the hand that made it.
Ice pudding, but you won't get any," said Marya Dmitrievna.
She was terribly mortified about the pudding sauce last week.
Rachel that a college graduate of the younger generation could make a Christmas plum pudding properly; but she bestowed approval on Anne's house.
There's a gentleman in the parlour that's ordered a hot beef-steak pudding and potatoes, at nine.
Now the cleverest thing of the sort that I ever did,' he went on after a pause, 'was inventing a new pudding during the meat- course.
In a few minutes, a lovely little coach, made of glass, with lining as soft as whipped cream and chocolate pudding, and stuffed with canary feathers, pulled out of the stable.