the proof is in the pudding

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

This phrase is a shortened form of the proof of the pudding is in the eating (14th century). The shorter version dates back to the 1920s and came into common use in the United States in the 1950s.[1][2]

Proverb[edit]

The proof is in the pudding

  1. Alternative form of the proof of the pudding is in the eating

References[edit]

  1. ^ Proof of the pudding (Michael Quinion, World Wide Words)
  2. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary, According to Ask Yahoo, "the proof is in the pudding" come from?", Tue 03 Sep 2002.