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trust, but verify

It is acceptable to trust someone or something, as long as their or its trustworthiness or veracity is confirmed. The phrase comes from a Russian proverb and was popularized by US President Ronald Reagan. A: "I want to believe her, and I don't want to offend her, but ultimately I'm skeptical." B: "Trust, but verify. Make a phone call to confirm what she's saying is true."
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verify something with someone

to check with someone to make sure that something is the truth. I will have to verify your story with the storekeeper. I verified your story with the other witness.
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Failure to maintain original inventory records sufficient to enable the Service to verify LIFO calculations could fail the record-keeping requirement and permit termination" Further, it stated that adequacy of records is a case-by-case determination (Rev.
Part-specific instructions combined with visual inspection for proper sand level at various stages are utilized to verify proper selection of a part-specific "recipe" and ensure proper equipment operation.
* Retention of historical transactions, summary and control of total reports to verify and establish a level of reliability for the electronic data.
Review piping leak detection records, review and verify pressurized systems
Additional information about GOV.UK Verify can be located here: https://identityassurance.blog.gov.uk
He said : "The brand, or the retailer, is the customer for Verify Brand.
Using a paper ballot to verify touch screen input is better than no verification at all.
The sooner a man begins to verify all he hears the better it is for him.
Unisys engineers are using Denali's PureSpec verification IP to model, simulate, and verify the interface between Unisys chips and other PCI Express compliant devices.
* Use numbered purchase orders when buying goods, and issue to employees who receive items (a kitchen manager or prep cook, for example) a list of these numbers to verify an order was actually placed.
The Service will use internal data to verify return items, to the extent possible.
The Department of the Treasury, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and the seven federal financial regulators on April 30, 2003, issued final rules that require certain financial institutions to establish procedures to verify the identity of new account holders.
Trust, but verify: Ronald Reagan's philosophical mantra during arms treaty negotiations with the Soviets in the 1980s was based on the premise that when it comes to human nature, without verification, trust eventually is eroded.
At mills and smelters, analyzers primarily are used to verify the scrap metal that is going into a particular charge, Anderson says.