stand the test of time

stand the test of time

1. To work, function, or endure for a very long time. As computer technology improves, it's ironically getting harder and harder to find a piece of equipment that can stand the test of time.
2. To be particularly popular or well regarded for a long period of time. Of all the cast members, hers was the only career that stood the test of time.
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stand the test of time

Prov. to be well regarded; to last for a long time. Bill and Nancy just celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Their marriage has stood the test of time. The singer's work was not popular while she was alive, but it has stood the test of time.
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stand the test of time

COMMON If something stands the test of time, it proves its value over a long period of time and does not fail or go out of fashion. Many people will be wary of the peace settlement until it has stood the test of time. Fashions in floor coverings come and go, but wooden floors have stood the test of time. Note: Verbs such as pass and survive are sometimes used instead of stand. The company has always built easy-to-use, reliable equipment that has survived the test of time due to its high-quality design.
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stand the test of time

last or remain popular for a long time.
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stand the test of ˈtime

be considered valuable or useful by people for many years: Dickens’ books have stood the test of time — they are as popular now as they were a century ago.
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Ne-Yo, who was recently appointed senior vice president of A&R at Motown Records, insisted that modern day pop stars like Gaga will not stand the test of time - unlike their Motown counterparts.
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We need to keep with traditional buildings that are practical and stand the test of time.
Those that come from days gone by most certainly stand the test of time, however, and resonate well.
What we're trying to do is build an institution that will stand the test of time and will continue to thrive if something happens to one or both of us," says Dudley Brown Jr.
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Heinlein's works stand the test of time, as so many issues are pertinent to today's youth.
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There is always something to argue with, but that is part of the enjoyment: his first book, Leisure and Class in Victorian England, was based on premises about the monolithic nature of attempts to impose middleclass 'respectability' which failed to stand the test of time (including his own later work), but it lives on as one of the best introductions to the issues and debates that it framed.
Then I thought about all the stresses I brought with me to the edge and realized that almost none of those worries would stand the test of time.
Will they stand the test of time when all the costs and benefits are considered?