- tested and found to be reliable or workable.
Origin of tried-and-true
First recorded in 1930–35
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Idioms and Phrases with tried and true
tried and true
Tested and proved to be worthy or reliable, as in Let me deal with it—my method is tried and true. [Mid-1900s]
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