proof of the pudding

[ proofuhvthuh-pood-ing ]
/ ˈpruf ʌv ðə ˈpʊd ɪŋ /

noun

the true value or quality of something, as seen when it is experienced, tried, or put to use: The proof of the pudding for a business is what customers say about it.

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Origin of proof of the pudding

First recorded in 1600–20; from the proverb “The proof (i.e., test) of the pudding is in the eating”
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