- The definition of tried and true refers to something that has been tested, or that has been used in the past and worked well and which is trusted.
An example of a tried and true method of getting stains out of white clothes is to use bleach.
tried-and-true definition by Webster's New World
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proven by experience over time to be useful, effective, reliable, etc.
tried-and-true definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Tested and proved to be worthy or good.
tried-and-true - Phrases/Idioms
Tested and proved to be worthy or reliable, as in Let me deal with it—my method is tried and true. [Mid-1900s]