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be an apology for

To be a poor example of a certain thing. That skinny kid is an apology for a linebacker. I gave you a low grade because the drivel you submitted was an apology for a real paper!
See also: apology

be an apology for something

  (humorous)
to be a very bad example of something That old thing is an apology for a car.
See also: apology