full of holes

full of holes

Fig. [of an argument or plan] that cannot stand up to challenge or scrutiny. (See also not hold water; pick holes in something) Your argument is full of holes. This plan is full of holes and won't work.
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full of holes

including many faults Experts say the scientists' research is full of holes and unrealistic assumptions. Their stories are so full of holes that anyone who knows the facts can see right through them.
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clipped it full of holes, and then fumigated it with villainous
There was a woman with a cancer in her breast, swelled to a monstrous size, full of holes, in two or three of which I could have easily crept, and covered my whole body.
But the king's son soon fell asleep; and when he awoke in the morning he found that the princesses had all been dancing, for the soles of their shoes were full of holes.
His clothes were shaggy, his boots were shaggy and full of holes, and his hair and whiskers were shaggy.
I can rise when the air is calm and full of holes, and I can rise when its boiling, and by my control of my plane areas I can come pretty close to making any speed I want.
All the while I was eating, and after that when I was drinking the punch, I could scarce come to believe in my good fortune; and the house, though it was thick with the peat-smoke and as full of holes as a colander, seemed like a palace.
Now if thou dost not carry me back, and that speedily, I swear I will prick thy skin till it is as full of holes as a slashed doublet.
You'd better slide outa this here," Barchi said threateningly, "or we'll fill you so full of holes you wouldn't float in molasses.
And this thing that they have done vexes my heart exceedingly: they have eaten holes in my sacred robe, which I wove painfully spinning a fine woof on a fine warp, and made it full of holes.
If the police here knew their business they would shoot you full of holes with revolvers, or else try to sand-bag you from behind in broad daylight.
The river has a clayey bottom and is full of holes, so that half a horse is constantly disappearing unexpectedly, and can't be found again for some time.
His garment was worn, and more full of holes than a stove for roasting chestnuts.
It was full of holes, and oscillated rather fearfully, even with the weight of a man leading his horse.
Next, he would protrude his head through the chink, and if he saw that his son was not angry, but threw him a nod, he would glide noiselessly into the room, take off his scarf, and hang up his hat (the latter perennially in a bad state of repair, full of holes, and with a smashed brim)--the whole being done without a word or a sound of any kind.
There was nothing in the room except two chairs and a sofa covered with American leather, full of holes, before which stood an old deal kitchen-table, unpainted and uncovered.