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110 proof

Extremely strong or potent. Its original sense refers to the alcohol content of liquor. This cleanser is 110 proof. If it can't get the stain out, nothing can.
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1. adjective Resilient or impervious to bullets, as of fabric or other material. That bulletproof vest saved my life!
2. adjective Resistant to mishandling, abuse, damage, error, or malfunction. Don't worry about breaking the phone, these new models are bulletproof! We've developed a bulletproof computer program that even the most non-computer-savvy person will be able to use!
3. adjective Extremely well planned or thought out, such as to be impervious to criticism or failure. We have a bulletproof plan for tackling poverty in the neighborhood. My thesis proposal is absolutely bulletproof.
4. verb To make resilient or impervious to bullets, as of fabric or other material. After crime rates rose in the city, many stores began bulletproofing their windows and doors.
5. verb To make resistant to mishandling, abuse, damage, error, or malfunction. Don't worry about breaking the phone, these new models have been totally bulletproofed! We've bulletproofed our latest computer program so that even the most non-computer-savvy person will be able to use it!
6. verb To plan or think something out so well as to be impervious to criticism or failure. Make sure you bulletproof your plan before you submit it to the developers. I spent an extra two weeks totally bulletproofing my doctoral thesis.

burden of proof

The requirement and obligation of providing sound, reasonable evidence supporting a charge or allegation. Originating and used primarily in law, it can be applied more broadly to any situation in which a contentious dispute arises. In court, the burden of proof always rests on the plaintiffs and the prosecutors. The burden of proof is on you to show that the computer was broken before you bought it.
See also: burden, of, proof

put to the proof

To be tested, or to test something. I'm hopeful that the invention will now finally work properly, but it needs to be put to the proof first.
See also: proof, put

the proof of the pudding

The final results, which are the only way to judge something's quality or veracity. Our analysts think that the marketing campaign will reinvigorate our sales, but the proof of the pudding will be in our year-end figures.
See also: of, proof, 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

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.
See also: eating, of, proof, pudding

burden of proof

Obligation of proving a disputed charge or allegation. For example, Are you sure you mailed the tax return on time? The burden of proof's on you. A legal term dating from the late 1500s, it has also been used more loosely in recent times.
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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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the proof of the pudding is in the eating

People say the proof of the pudding is in the eating to mean that something can only be judged to be good or bad after it has been tried or used. Such therapies should not be dismissed out of hand, particularly when the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Note: People often vary this expression, for example by just talking about the proof of the pudding. The proof of the pudding, so to speak, will be if sales of English cheese go up. Note: In this expression, `proof' means the testing of something rather than establishing that it is true. The idea is that the best way to test the quality of a pudding is to taste it rather than admire its appearance.
See also: eating, of, proof, pudding

be (the) living proof that (or of)

show by your or something's existence and qualities that something is the case.
See also: living, proof, that

the proof of the pudding is in the eating

the real value of something can be judged only from practical experience or results and not from appearance or theory.
Proof here means ‘test’, rather than ‘verification’. A garbled version of the expression, the proof is in the pudding , is often heard, no doubt abbreviated for the sake of convenience.
1998 Nigella Lawson How to Eat Don't hide the fact that you're microwaving it: they do say the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
See also: eating, of, proof, pudding

be ˌliving ˈproof of something

show something is true simply by being alive or existing: He plays tennis and golf. He’s living proof that a heart attack doesn’t mean the end of an active life.
See also: living, of, proof, something

the proof of the ˈpudding (is in the ˈeating)

(saying) you can only say something is a success after it has actually been tried out or used: I know you didn’t think it was a very good product, but just look at the fantastic sales figures. That’s the proof of the pudding.
Proof in this idiom refers to a way of testing something.
See also: of, proof, pudding

proof ˈpositive

definite or convincing proof: It’s proof positive of her belief in the company that she’s investing her own money in it.
See also: positive, proof


and proofed
mod. [of an ID card] examined to determine whether one has reached the legal drinking age. Dave got carded at the party even though he is thirty and looks it. As soon as we were proofed, we got in and got some brews.
See also: card


See carded
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mod. can withstand idiots who drool. (Of well-written software that even droolings idiots can operate without crashing.) This software package is drool-proof. Even my grandmother could use it.


1. mod. foolproof; not subject to misuse. This scheme is not goof-proof, but it’s pretty sound.
2. tv. to make something foolproof; to take action to see that something cannot be misused. See if this can be goof-proofed by Monday evening.
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A lot of our customers were starting to ask for remote proofing and pdf formats.
Remote proofing refers to having multiple proofers all attuned to the same specifications.
While there is controversy over soft proofing because of color management issues, it is still one service converter's can offer customers only if they employ digital workflows.
Enhanced options provide additional benefits to users by allowing industry-specific customization to both the look and function of the proofing tools.
Our strong performance at 2006 Color Proofing RoundUP is an industry affirmation for Colorproof XF," said Stefan Spiegel, general manager, EFI Graphic Arts Solutions.
With EFI solutions customers are empowered with a more accurate, more efficient production workflow -- from capturing the designer's original design intent to real-time estimating, accounting and billing, to proofing and producing brilliant digital output with Fiery-driven high quality print engines.
More information on the Color Proofing RoundUP is available at www.
We exceeded our stretch sales goals midway through the show, and saw strong enthusiasm for the new systems across our product line - from proofing and workflow systems to CTP systems and digital presses," said Kevin Joyce, Managing Director and Vice President, United States and Canada Region, GCG.
Kodak saw enthusiasm for its All-in-One Processless Plate Package, which combines KODAK THERMAL DIRECT non-process plates and the new KODAK MAGNUS 400 CTP imaging device - both launched at Print 05 - and the KODAK PRINERGY Evo PDF workflow, as well as an inkjet proofing device.
Customers often came to our booth to see a CTP system, and found themselves learning more about new opportunities in digital presses, proofing or workflow management, for example," Joyce said.
New Inkjet Proofing System - Kodak will debut the KODAK MATCHPRINT Inkjet Proofing Solution.
Workflow enhancements - Kodak will announce a host of feature upgrades for its PRINERGY workflow software platform, including PDF Compare and PDF Merge, prepress production tools; and Layered PDF Versioning, a new versioning system that manages and automates proofing, approval and plating of complex versions of print jobs.
The booth also features, the KODAK DIGIMASTER E125 digital production system, the newly announced KODAK 1200i wide-format inkjet printing system, monitor and remote proofing, and a range of prepress and color management systems.
We are always striving to improve the performance of our color proofing solutions," said Jawdatt Mawassii, Vice President Sales and Business Development at GMG.
Earlier this week, GMG's ColorProof software placed first over 27 competitive entries at IPA's 3rd annual Color Proofing RoundUP, comparing colorimetric match to a GRACoL-derived standard.