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proof British & World English

Evidence or argument establishing a fact or the truth of a statement

damp-proof British & World English

Impervious to damp

goof-proof British & World English

(Of a product, procedure, etc.) designed to be simple enough for anyone to use or implement

page proof British & World English

A printer’s proof of a page to be published

proof sheet British & World English

A page of proofed text; a proof

proof text British & World English

A passage of the Bible to which appeal is made in support of an argument or position in theology

stock-proof British & World English

(Of a fence or other barrier) effective in preventing livestock from straying

idiot-proof British & World English

Incapable of going wrong or being misused

future-proof British & World English

(Of a product or system) unlikely to become obsolete

proof spirit British & World English

A mixture of alcohol and water containing (in the UK) 57.1 per cent alcohol by volume or (in the US) 50 per cent alcohol by volume, used as a standard of strength of distilled alcoholic spirits

tamper-proof British & World English

Made so that it cannot be interfered with or changed

proof positive British & World English

Evidence taken to be final or absolute proof of the existence of something

puncture-proof British & World English

Resistant to being punctured by sharp objects

splinter-proof British & World English

Capable of withstanding splinters from bursting shells or bombs

burden of proof in burden British & World English

The obligation to prove one’s assertion

burden of proof British & World English

The obligation to prove one’s assertion

proof-of-purchase British & World English

Designating a feature or symbol on a product that can be removed by the buyer to prove that the product was purchased, in order to claim a rebate or refund

be living proof that in living British & World English

Show by one’s existence and qualities that something is the case

be living proof that British & World English

Show by one’s existence and qualities that something is the case

bombproof British & World English

Strong enough to resist the effects of blast from a bomb

foolproof British & World English

Incapable of going wrong or being misused

fireproof British & World English

Able to withstand fire or great heat

heatproof British & World English

Able to resist great heat

leakproof British & World English

Closely sealed or fitted so as to prevent leaks

mineproof British & World English

Strong enough to resist the effects of blast from a mine

proofread British & World English

Read (printer’s proofs or other written or printed material) and mark any errors

rainproof British & World English

(Especially of a building or garment) impervious to rain

overproof British & World English

Containing more alcohol than proof spirit does

ovenproof British & World English

(Of cookware) suitable for use in an oven; heat-resistant

rustproof British & World English

(Of metal or a metal object) not susceptible to corrosion by rust

windproof British & World English

(Of a garment or fabric) giving protection from the wind

bulletproof British & World English

Designed to resist the penetration of bullets

greaseproof British & World English

(Especially of paper used in cooking) impermeable to oil or grease

flameproof British & World English

(Especially of a fabric) treated so as to be non-flammable

galley proof in galley British & World English

A printer’s proof in the form of long single-column strips, not in sheets or pages

lightproof British & World English

Able to block out light completely

childproof British & World English

Designed to prevent children from injuring themselves or doing damage

showerproof British & World English

(Of a garment) resistant to light rain

shockproof British & World English

Designed to resist damage when dropped or knocked

soundproof British & World English

Preventing, or constructed of material that prevents, the passage of sound

draughtproof British & World English

Sealed so as to keep out draughts

weatherproof British & World English

Resistant to the effects of bad weather, especially rain

the proof of the pudding is in the eating in proof British & World English

The real value of something can be judged only from practical experience or results and not from appearance or theory

the proof of the pudding is in the eating British & World English

The real value of something can be judged only from practical experience or results and not from appearance or theory

progressive proof in progressive British & World English

Each of a set of proofs of colour work, showing all the colours separately and the cumulative effect of overprinting them

damp course British & World English

A layer of waterproof material in the wall of a building near the ground, to prevent rising damp

damp-proof course in damp course British & World English

A layer of waterproof material in the wall of a building near the ground, to prevent rising damp


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