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Prueba de fuego

How can we say prueba de fuego in English?
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fireproof or noncombustible
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In what context?

It could mean fireproof, as stated.

It could also mean 'trial by fire' or 'moment of truth' (a '(first) real test,' an 'ultimate test;' akin to a 'litmus test' or an 'acid test').

It could be translated as a 'fiery ordeal' or a 'baptism of fire.'
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It could mean fireproof, as stated.
Wouldn't that be a prueba de fuego?
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YES, I MEANT the metaphorical meaning.
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Wouldn't that be a prueba de fuego?
Yes. But that could have been part of the context we weren't provided.

The metaphorical meaning was the context, so 'fireproof' has been ruled out.
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Then, I assume, it means the metaphoric bullet proof, as in bullet proof alibi or scheme.
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Then, I assume, it means the metaphoric bullet proof, as in bullet proof alibi or scheme.
I don't think so, poli.
The dictionary meaning is a 'litmus test' or an 'acid test.' The phrase is used to describe the degree of such a test.

Here are some examples.
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"La prueba de fuego" is when you test a thing so it proves effective.


- La venta de los regalos navideños será la prueba de fuego del e-commerce en México. -> You want to know if people will actually buy more online and if the selling platforms will be fully operative and efficient.
- La prueba de fuego de la nueva ley ambiental es la implementación de las multas. -> If you really have a good environmental law, you must be able to enforce the sanctions.
- El corredor enfrentó exitosamente su prueba de fuego en la competencia. -> The athlete was able to win an important competition so his career took off.
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Thanks for confirming what Rusty stated with good examples. In addition to litmus test. (Let's see if she passes the litmus text by not contradicting herself in a cross examination) You can also use, put something to the test. Example: Put me to the test, and I will show you that I can get the job done.
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