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be in the pudding club

To be pregnant. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Yes, it's true—I'm in the pudding club and about three months along!
See also: club, pudding

over-egg the pudding

To get something wrong or make something worse by doing too much of something or trying too hard to improve a situation. Primarily heard in UK. I think we've over-egged the pudding with the amount of technology we've crammed into our daily lives—no one knows how to have a quiet moment anymore. The latest budget over-eggs the pudding yet again, spreading resources across too many sectors without enough funds to actually fix any of them.
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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.
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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

over-egg the pudding

mainly BRITISH
If someone over-eggs the pudding, they spoil something by trying too hard to improve it. You can buy all sorts of extras for the car, but it's very easy to over-egg the pudding. Note: Other nouns are sometimes used instead of pudding. The band certainly knew how to over-egg the cake, with no song being complete unless it had three tempo changes and a loud finale.
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over-egg the pudding (or cake)

go too far in embellishing, exaggerating, or doing something.
Excessive quantities of egg in a pudding could either make it too rich or cause it not to set or cook correctly.
1998 Spectator This is a noble end, but in her eagerness to reach it Duffy somewhat over-eggs the cake.
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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.
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ˌover-egg the ˈpudding

used to say that you think somebody has done more than is necessary, or has added unnecessary details to make something seem better or worse than it really is: If you’re telling lies, keep it simple — never over-egg the pudding.
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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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
I fear that we shall be obliged to leave this pudding.
The dumpling had been peeled off Tom Kitten, and made separately into a bag pudding, with currants in it to hide the smuts.
said her mother, 'but no one must know about it, so you must keep silence; what is done can't be undone; we will make him into puddings.
You'll call when you're ready for your pudding, won't you?
Let us thank God for simple pleasures, roast beef and rice pudding, a good appetite and beer.
asked Nicholas, on whose mind, to tell the truth, the prospect of the savoury pudding was making some impression.
The appearance of the beef-steak pudding, which came in simultaneously with the junior Vincent Crummleses, turned the conversation to other matters, and indeed, for a time, stopped it altogether.
In fact,' he went on, holding his head down, and his voice getting lower and lower, 'I don't believe that pudding ever WAS cooked
The pie list swelled; the richer puddings had vanished; the sausage, with his drapery wrapped about him, barely lingered in a pleasant thanatopsis with the buckwheats and the sweet but doomed maple.
Her first flush came from anger, which gave her a transient power of defiance, and Tom thought she was braving it out, supported by the recent appearance of the pudding and custard.
But Christmas puddings, brawn, and abundance of spirituous liquors, throwing the mental originality into the channel of nightmare, are great preservatives against a dangerous spontaneity of waking thought.
I don't know about the white apron, but I dare say she will make pies and puddings now and then; but that will be no great hardship, as she has done it before.
This was so true that I could only groan; and even my groan served Alan's purpose, for it was overheard by the lass as she came flying in again with a dish of white puddings and a bottle of strong ale.
Look at the faces of the actors and buffoons when they come off from their business; and Tom Fool washing the paint off his cheeks before he sits down to dinner with his wife and the little Jack Puddings behind the canvas.
At about six o'clock, all the small tables were put together to form one long table, and everybody sat down to tea, coffee, bread, butter, salmon, shad, liver, steaks, potatoes, pickles, ham, chops, black- puddings, and sausages.