tried-and-true [trīd′'n tro̵̅o̅′]
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.adjective
An example of a tried and true method of getting stains out of white clothes is to use bleach.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
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proven by experience over time to be useful, effective, reliable, etc.
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Tested and proved to be worthy or good.
tried-and-true - Phrases/Idioms
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Tested and proved to be worthy or reliable, as in Let me deal with it—my method is tried and true. [Mid-1900s]