the proof of the pudding

the proof of the pudding (is in the eating)

the way to judge something is by its results Economic growth is the proof of the pudding for the president's tax and budget plans.
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The proof of the pudding (is in the eating).

something that you say which means that you cannot judge the value of something until you have tried it I've read the proposal and it looks promising, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
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With any player who moves the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and we won't know that for a couple of years.
He said: "As they say the proof of the pudding is always in the eating, people will see it is happening when they see the first piece of turf dug out.
With winter behind us, the Proof of the Pudding culinary team has been busy crafting new dishes and recipes that move both the on premise and off premise catering services into the summer season.
For new players it has gone well but the proof of the pudding is Sunday for us against Clare.
The proof of the pudding will be in the eating, of course.
The proof of the pudding is always in the eating, though, and Rory McIlroy hit 23 under par on Sunday.
There is a very popular saying: The proof of the pudding is in the eating
He ended the day by meeting Susan Green who set up the award-winning The Proof of the Pudding company in her kitchen near Alnwick.
EGO ROCKS have been trailblazing youth (and mature) drama and music in the city for some time now, they say that the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
The proof of the pudding, as ever, will be in the eating.
While the proof of the pudding will be in the plan's delivery, we applaud Cllr Anderson's attempts to help draw up a clear and cohesive agenda for the city.
Up-to-date suspension should give a comfortable ride and reasonable road-holding, but the proof of the pudding will be in the driving when it gets here.
TG hints at more investment in Cardiff City THIS is all nice to hear from TG, but the proof of the pudding, as they say, will be in the eating.
For many of us, the proof of the pudding is in the eating - and we shall be voting for an active and accessible candidate with a proven track record for getting things done.
They say the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and fine dining venues boasting these accolades - which are not earned lightly -give diners complete faith and reassurance in their culinary prowess.
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