tested and found to be reliable or workable.

1930–35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Ecologists once thought that many small mammals stick to tried-and-true routes
  amid dense vegetation that provides good hiding.
Half the students were told to come up with novel solutions, and the rest were
  asked to stick with something more tried-and-true.
Science, and the tried-and-true scientific method, is supposed to be free of
But these methods are now tried-and-true, and the existence of these five
  planets has been confirmed.
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