an apology for something

an apology for

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

an apology for something

a very poor example of something: I’m sorry this is a bit of an apology for lunch — we’ll have a proper meal tonight.
See also: apology, something
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When you deliberately are bringing your mind into the 'now' and it keeps rushing back, ask yourself if an apology for something may clear the air.
DESPITE two inquiries into the alleged conduct of Lord Chris Rennard, which found no case to answer, after which he initially chose not to make an apology for something he says he didn't do, it now appears he has given in to leadership demands, and made an apology.
bieber doesn't owe an apology for something he said 4 years ago lmaoo
I'm not going to make an apology for something which the IOC is not responsible for.
When the Tory sheep bleated for an apology for something that wasn't her fault, she hit back: "I'm blowed if I see why we should take the blame.