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survive the test of time

1. To work, function, or endure for a very long time. (A less common variant of "stand/withstand the test of time.") As computer technology improves, it's ironically getting harder and harder to find a piece of equipment that can survive the test of time.
2. To be particularly popular or well regarded for a long period of time. Of all the other cast members, hers was the only career that survived the test of time.
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no plan survives contact with the enemy

Military plans always need to be changed once they are enacted in real-life military situations. The saying emphasizes the need for flexibility, as opposed to strict adherence to strategy. It is attributed to Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, a 19th-century Prussian field marshal. Men, be ready to make changes on the battlefield—we all know that no plan survives contact with the enemy.
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They tend to mimic the mechanism used by other insects to survive freezing in common fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.
Lead researcher Brent Sinclair says that the physical processes of ice formation seem to be consistent among species that do and don't survive freezing.
It seems that the insects that survive freezing have some control over the process of ice formation.
Photo: In ``Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation,'' Renee Zellweger plays a high-school girl with a strong will to survive.
Bone needles, however, survive, as do beads of shell and other materials which were, obviously, once arranged on strings.
International efforts are being made to conserve the historic artefacts and buildings that survive - and this help is needed urgently.
And the myths continue - the Bactrian Gold may still survive as a collection.
In Letter Ruling 9916030,(12) a QPRT grantor was designated as income beneficiary for the shorter of 20 years or her life, and retained a testamentary general power of appointment if she did not survive the term.
Joint tenancy has been characterized as a specialized form of a life estate, amounting to a contingent remainder in the fee, the contingency being dependent on which joint tenant survives.
If the surviving spouse survives for 18 months or longer, the spouse is presumed not to have been terminally ill (Regs.
Since ITC recapture (and depreciable basis, lives and methods) will not be an issue in structuring the merger, the tax adviser can determine which partnership survives the merger based on other factors, i.
Having the partners of the partnership targeted to survive contribute additional assets to that partnership before the merger.
His wife, Winifred Jane, son Kirk, daughter Tamara Maher, and six grandchildren survive him.
His wife, Dolores (Hall), daughter, Rhea Taie-Tehrani, and two grandchildren survive him.
His wife, Ella Mae; son, John III; daughter, Patricia Anne Passey; and a granddaughter survive him.