proof is in the pudding

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.
See also: proof, pudding
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PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING A St George's Day pudding couldn't come any more traditional than Spotted Dick, with lashings of custard.
The proof is in the pudding in this league - it's performance (that matters),'' Scioscia said.
Of course, the proof is in the pudding," he remarks.
As we say in the April issue, the proof is in the pudding with Business Objects," said David Stodder, editor-in-chief of Intelligent Enterprise.
The proof is in the pudding,'' said parent Jerry Leichtling, who credits City of Angels with keeping his 16-year-old son in school.
He says, ``The proof is in the pudding on this one.
The proof is in the pudding and with Mack featured on every track it's not an endeavor he's taken lightly.
And while the Daily News seems to applaud the ex-chief for his demand for discipline, the proof is in the pudding on this one.
The proof is in the pudding, and this is the first taste of the pudding,'' Romer said.
The proof is in the pudding, as the saying goes: Many children are out of control.
Johnson concluded with, "The proof is in the pudding and the pudding is ready to be served.