won't wash

won't wash

Will not stand up to examination, is unconvincing, will not work, as in That excuse about your sick aunt just won't wash. This expression originally alluded to a fabric that would not stand up to washing but by the late 1800s was used figuratively for other kinds of failure.
See also: wash
References in classic literature ?
But it won't wash historically, because Dreyfus's document (if it was his document) was literally correct.
That won't wash," said the doctor aside to the priest.
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His 'I'm just an ordinary bloke' act won't wash with anyone
You can down vodkas until the cows come home, lady, but it won't wash away what you've done.
He said: "Sending a candidate from another seat simply won't wash.
Instead, we will be slapping on this St Tropez Instant Tan Wash Off Lotion, PS10, which has 'rainmac technology' to guarantee it won't wash away in the drizzle.
Smoke and mirrors and Prime Ministerial bluff and bluster simply won't wash with the people of the North.
Silver has natural antimicrobial properties, and Silver Edge Gear's patent-pending PE47 technology permanently coats silver to fabric (so it won't wash or wear out).
Banker bonuses of tens of millions to fat individuals, while tens of thousands of their minions lose their jobs, won't wash like it used to.
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He has got to understand that when the public have seen the disgusting revelations that we have seen this week, the idea that this organisation, which engaged in these terrible practices, should be allowed to take over BSkyB, to get that 100 per cent stake, without the criminal investigation having been completed and on the basis of assurances from that self-same organisation - frankly that just won't wash with the public," he said.
Having your ministers publicly caricature modern Liverpool as a wasteful, free-spending, leftwing council just won't wash.
Another shopper wrote: "Haha, this won't wash with me.