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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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