battle-tested

adjective bat·tle-test·ed

Definition of battle-tested

1 :shown to be reliable and effective by being used in war
  • A twin-engine medium bomber, the rugged B-25 was battle-tested and easy to fly in bad weather.
  • —Otha C. SpencerSmithsonian Air & SpaceAugust/September 1986
2 :having experienced and been toughened by battle
  • battle-tested soldiers
  • When the Americans and Saigon finally found an effective counter-insurgency strategy and took control of the countryside from the Viet Cong, Hanoi responded by sending in whole divisions of battle-tested troops.
  • —Evan Thomas and John BarryNewsweek16 Nov. 2009
often used figuratively
  • The Yankees' pen, moreover, is battle-tested. Rivera, and his setup men, lefty Mike Stanton and righties Jeff Nelson and Ramiro Mendoza, have a combined 1.45 ERA over 105 2/3 innings of postseason experience.
  • —Tom VerducciSports Illustrated20 Sept. 1999

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First Known Use of battle-tested

1914


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