survive the test of time

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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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This argument is based on the premise that the current slow diffusion of innovation in biomedicine serves as a Darwinian filtering process, with only the most effective applications surviving the test of time. Unfortunately, the status quo for translation has contributed to the current health care crisis.
SURVIVING the test of time when newer models are springing up from all sides can be a tricky exercise.