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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!
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make no apologies for (something)

To be firm in one's conviction that one's beliefs or actions are correct or acceptable. I'm always open to suggestions and criticisms, but I'll make no apologies for the way I've run this business over the past 25 years.
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make no apology for (something)

To be firm in one's conviction that one's beliefs or actions are correct or acceptable. I'm always open to suggestions and criticisms, but I'll make no apology for the way I've run this business over the past five years.
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with apologies to

1. Used to indicate that something is a parody or improper adaptation of someone or their work. You just need to face it that young people today don't put any value in that anymore—with apologies to Bob Dylan, the times they are a-changin'.
2. Used to indicate that someone or something is not included in what one is about to say. With apologies to Hendrikson, who has always brought great energy and effort onto the field, this team has done little to warrant anyone's attention or respect.
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an apology for

a very poor example of.
1998 Imogen de la Bere The Last Deception of Palliser Wentwood It's an apology for a bridge, built of left-over stones.
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with apologies to

used before the name of an author or artist to indicate that something is a parody or adaptation of their work.
2001 This Old House With apologies to Robert Frost, boundary expert Walter Robillard says, ‘Good fences on the proper line make good neighbours’.
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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.
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make no aˈpology/aˈpologies for something

if you say that you make no apology/apologies for something, you mean that you do not feel that you have said or done something wrong: Having grown up in the north of the country, I make no apologies for saying that people there are more friendly than people in the south.
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Among these apologies is one that must be issued by the British to the Palestinians for the Balfour Declaration, which "granted" Palestine as a permanent state to Israelis.
But each displayed genuine human feeling in the hope of building a better future together - the key goal in political apologies.
We have always agreed on the value of apologies to those who have been wronged and the importance of promoting a culture change where apologies are readily and sincerely given.
The case caught my eye, because issuing public apologies seems to be affecting people in all walks of life, involving issues both serious and frivolous.
All too often, the apologies provided to consumers to fulfil HDC's requirement ring hollow, and the moral dimension of apology is totally subverted.
Some more notable apologies have included one by the CEO of Firestone for defective tires, and another by the head of United Airlines for bad service.
Finally, apologies can signal commitment to a relationship and concern for the other person's feelings (Exline, Deshea, & Holeman, 2007; Lazare, 2004).
APOLOGY: In a series of Twitter apologies, he wrote: "I'm sorry, Taylor.
The US customs and border protection authorities have expressed apologies over the detention incident involving Shah Rukh Khan.
It argues that although these apologies appear to promote racial healing and reconciliation they actually promulgate white supremacy: by covertly thwarting reparations claims or other racial justice efforts for black Americans they perpetuate a system of white political dominance while providing the illusion of substantive racial reconciliation and progress.
In recent years, both formal and informal initiatives have promoted the inclusion of apologies in medical education and clinical practices.
Moreover, some factors in the current context mean that patients have a very hard time getting apologies.
Consider the numerous CEO apologies that have made the front page just in the past few months: