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withstand 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 withstand 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 withstood 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

also withstand the test of time
to continue to work well over a long period of time Look for software that has stood the test of time, not something new and unproven. So we want it to be a good house, one that's going to stand the test of time.
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stand the test of time

if something stands the test of time, it remains popular or respected for a long time Very little of the drama from this period has stood the test of time.
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