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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.
See also: of, survive, test, time

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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Sinclair said this implies that the main adaptations required to survive freezing are at the cellular or biochemical level, rather than because of fundamental structural differences.
Session dates are: Junior Roadwise, Tuesday, 10am-3pm; Cycle and Survive, Wednesday and Sunday, June 3, 10am to 4pm; Ride and Survive, Thursday, 10am-4pm; Drive and Survive, Friday and Sunday, June 10, 10am to 4pm.
If the States accept the proposition that a mere reincorporation in another State does not result in a change of "taxpayer" so that the merged corporation's NOLs survive the merger, what happens if the facts are varied slightly?
International efforts are being made to conserve the historic artefacts and buildings that survive - and this help is needed urgently.
Fossil evidence including the Aubesier jaw suggests that, beginning with Neandertals, social assistance of some kind enabled physically impaired individuals to survive longer than they could have in earlier species, such as Homo erectus, Rosenberg asserts.
These traits, says Lindstedt, are examples of adaptations, characteristics that help an animal survive in its environment.
His wife, Winifred Jane, son Kirk, daughter Tamara Maher, and six grandchildren survive him.
They concluded in 1999 that some amino acids on kilometer-wide comets would indeed survive a direct hit to Earth's surface.
However, if the grantor does not survive the trust term, the entire trust value is included in the estate and the unified credit is restored.
Cloth generally does not survive the ravages of time, as anyone can easily tell by looking at museum exhibits of Nineteenth Century clothing side-by-side with restored replicas.
In northern Canadian forests, the red squirrels, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, survive winters thanks to caches of fir cones.