put to the proof

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See: prove
References in classic literature ?
"I," said All Earth, "Whatever he's worth, I'll put to the proof."
If you think it right to communicate the contents of this letter to Miss Vanstone, pray tell her that it will not be my fault if her sister's assertion (however preposterous it may seem to my uncle's executors) is not fairly put to the proof.
Let him be the best of men, and let him be thought the worst; then he will have been put to the proof; and we shall see whether he will be affected by the fear of infamy and its consequences.
Thee thyself, I wanted to put to the proof when I gave this performance.