pass the test of time(redirected from they have passed the test of time)
pass 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 pass the test of time.
2. To be particularly popular or well regarded for a long period of time. Of all the cast members, hers was the only career that passed the test of time. Their album was really popular in the 80s, but I think it passes the test of time.
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test of time, stood the/passed the
Proved to be of lasting value. Although the idea is undoubtedly older, this expression appears to date only from 1800 or so. Washington Irving used it in his Sketch Book (1820): “They have borne the test of time.”
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