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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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The Young Adult's Guide to Surviving Dorm Life" is uses illustrative case studies garnered from hours of interviews with college students, both new and graduated.
A new IRA affords the spouse the opportunity to restart and "stretch out" the required minimum distributions to a later required beginning date (April 1 of the year following the year that the surviving spouse attained the age of 701/2).
When a surviving spouse is PR, several fiduciary duties can create additional tension with beneficiaries.
Choosing the larger group gives each of Alice, Bob and Carol a two-thirds chance of surviving.
Power of appointment trust--gives the surviving spouse a right to all income for life and general power of appointment over the trust assets (i.
In some cases, the VA took the money from the surviving spouses' bank accounts.
The use of an annuity with a guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit can mitigate the adverse consequences of such action and enhance the income available for the surviving spouse.
This is true even though the surviving spouse (as the marital trust's beneficiary) will have to include the property in his or her taxable estate under Sec.
The last question put to the IRS had to do with the surviving spouse dying before the funding of the by-pass trust.
The nature of the interest that passes to the surviving spouse depends on the laws of the state under which the interest passes.
In fact, when one member of a legally married couple dies, all of his or her assets--real estate, other property, stocks and bonds, intellectual property, life insurance proceeds--can go tax-free to the surviving spouse.
Yet she remained an influential advisor, particularly during her brother's absences in Italy, and devoted herself to a doomed attempt to protect the inheritance of her lineage through her sole surviving daughter, which was ultimately squandered in the folly of her son-in-law's treason.
When the Taliban came to power in 1996 the surviving cultural fragments of Afghanistan were protected - or at least tolerated.
The loss of a parent usually endangered the smooth operation of the family and could produce dramatic declines in the economic and physical well-being of the surviving spouse and children.
policy toward Indonesia would do well to buy Carmel Budiardjo's Surviving Indonesia's Gulag and Constancio Pinto's and Matthew Jardine's East Timor's Unfinished Struggle.