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be in the pudding club
To be pregnant. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Yes, it's true—I'm in the pudding club and about three months along!
over-egg the pudding
To get something wrong or make something worse by doing too much of something or trying too hard to improve a situation. Primarily heard in UK. I think we've over-egged the pudding with the amount of technology we've crammed into our daily lives—no one knows how to have a quiet moment anymore. The latest budget over-eggs the pudding yet again, spreading resources across too many sectors without enough funds to actually fix any of them.
the proof of the pudding
The final results, which are the only way to judge something's quality or veracity. Our analysts think that the marketing campaign will reinvigorate our sales, but the proof of the pudding will be in our year-end figures.
in the (pudding) club
euphemism Pregnant. This is my sister's first time in the club, and she's pretty nervous about the whole thing. But mom and I went through it enough times that she'll have no shortage of advice. Social media has been inundated with rumors that the pop star is in the pudding club following the emergence of some revealing paparazzi pictures online.
See also: club
the proof is in the pudding
The final results of something are the only way to judge its quality or veracity. Our analysts think that the marketing campaign will reinvigorate our sales, but the proof is in the pudding, so let's see how our figures look at the end of the year. OK, if I did everything right, the engine should work right, but the proof will be in the pudding.
the proof of the pudding is in the eating
The final results are the only way to judge something's quality or veracity. Our analysts think that the marketing campaign will reinvigorate our sales, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so let's see how our figures look at the end of the year. OK, if I did everything right, the engine should work right, but the proof of the pudding will be in the eating.
slang Facial hair that encircles the mouth and covers the chin; a goatee. I wish you would shave that damn pudding ring—you look ridiculous. I had a pudding ring for a couple of years before I grew a proper beard.
slang A foolish, stupid, or idiotic person—i.e., someone with pudding for brains. It's no surprise to me that the country's economy is tanking with that puddinghead in charge. How can you be such a puddinghead about this?
slang Foolish; stupid; idiotic. It's no surprise to me that the country's economy is tanking with that puddingheaded dolt in charge. How can you be so puddingheaded about this?
proof is in the pudding
Prov. You cannot be sure that you have succeeded until you have examined the result of your efforts. Jill: I think we've done a good job of fixing the lawn mower. Jane: Well, the proof is in the pudding. We haven't tried to mow the lawn with it yet.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
Prov. You don't know the quality of something until you have tried it or experienced it. Theory says that this material will produce a superior widget, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
proof of the pudding, the
Results are what count, as in Let's see if this ad actually helps sales-the proof of the pudding, you know. The full expression of this proverb, dating from about 1600, is The proof of the pudding is in the eating, but it has become so well known that it is often abbreviated.
the proof of the pudding is in the eating
People say the proof of the pudding is in the eating to mean that something can only be judged to be good or bad after it has been tried or used. Such therapies should not be dismissed out of hand, particularly when the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Note: People often vary this expression, for example by just talking about the proof of the pudding. The proof of the pudding, so to speak, will be if sales of English cheese go up. Note: In this expression, `proof' means the testing of something rather than establishing that it is true. The idea is that the best way to test the quality of a pudding is to taste it rather than admire its appearance.
over-egg the puddingmainly BRITISH
If someone over-eggs the pudding, they spoil something by trying too hard to improve it. You can buy all sorts of extras for the car, but it's very easy to over-egg the pudding. Note: Other nouns are sometimes used instead of pudding. The band certainly knew how to over-egg the cake, with no song being complete unless it had three tempo changes and a loud finale.
over-egg the pudding (or cake)go too far in embellishing, exaggerating, or doing something.
Excessive quantities of egg in a pudding could either make it too rich or cause it not to set or cook correctly.
1998 Spectator This is a noble end, but in her eagerness to reach it Duffy somewhat over-eggs the cake.
the proof of the pudding is in the eatingthe real value of something can be judged only from practical experience or results and not from appearance or theory.
Proof here means ‘test’, rather than ‘verification’. A garbled version of the expression, the proof is in the pudding , is often heard, no doubt abbreviated for the sake of convenience.
1998 Nigella Lawson How to Eat Don't hide the fact that you're microwaving it: they do say the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
ˌover-egg the ˈpuddingused to say that you think somebody has done more than is necessary, or has added unnecessary details to make something seem better or worse than it really is: If you’re telling lies, keep it simple — never over-egg the pudding.
the proof of the ˈpudding (is in the ˈeating)(saying) you can only say something is a success after it has actually been tried out or used: I know you didn’t think it was a very good product, but just look at the fantastic sales figures. That’s the proof of the pudding.
Proof in this idiom refers to a way of testing something.
n. a mustache and goatee, grown together to form a circle. He worked and worked to get his “pudding ring” just right, then got a huge zit that ruined the whole thing.
n. someone, usually a male, who acts very stupid. That puddinghead sold my antique table for junk!