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not hold water

if an opinion or a statement does not hold water, it can be shown to be wrong Most of the arguments put forward by our opponents simply do not hold water.
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hold water

Stand up to critical examination, be sound and valid, as in This argument just won't hold water, or Her reasons for quitting don't hold water. This metaphoric expression alludes to a container that can hold water without leaking. [c. 1600]
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hold water

tv. [for an idea, plan, etc.] to survive evaluation or scrutiny. Nothing you’ve said so far holds water.
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hold water

To stand up to critical examination: Your explanation doesn't hold water.
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Small berms (not higher than an inch) around each plant will help them hold water.
For this relay, you will need two containers for each group; a larger water bottle or cup to hold water and smaller cups or spoons to carry water.
Healthy watersheds nurture trees and other plants that help stabilize soil and hold water, releasing it slowly to the rivers coursing between forests and faucets.
Sending too much water into estuaries causes salt water to ooze into local underground aquifers, sections of rock that hold water under land like a huge sponge (see diagram, below), when salt water creeps into aquifers, coastal wells pump salty water, which humans can't use.
Some paleontologists, however, argue that this idea doesn't hold water.
Remove unnecessary items that hold water including tires, wading pools, toys and buckets
It uncovered a clay-lined pit designed to hold water, and also beetle grain pests such as the granary weevil, plus a species usually found in infestations of dried fruit.
Visitors may also see coveys of quail, rabbits or deer if they are lucky, and tour guides explain how the Kawaiisu used the valley's plants: Stinging nettle provided fiber for rope and leaves for salad, willow branches were woven into baskets tight enough to hold water, chia seeds could be eaten as a portable high-potency food.
Newcastle North MP Doug Henderson has discovered the consortium will be responsible for plans to create ponds near by the River Ouseburn to hold water running off the A1 in the area in the event of heavy rain.
We don't know his motives or if his plans hold water, but at least he's offering something.
Some people place the container in a saucer to help hold water but this can cause root rots at the bottom of the container, particularly if the water sits in the saucer after watering or rain.
THE BBC's excuse for losing rights to screen the Boat Race just doesn't hold water.
Turner's Cross can hold water but within an hour of the rain stopping, it runs off the pitch".
Such speculations don't hold water, according to Peter F.