apology


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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 when others believe they are not. 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 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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non-apology apology

A statement that shares qualities with a typical apology but lacks admission of wrongdoing or an indication of remorse. Often used in public relations. I don't think he's sorry at all. I mean, come on—"I'm sorry you feel that way" is a classic non-apology apology.
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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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But neither of these calculations isolates the effect of apology
that the apology law resulted in a 10-claim decrease.
The SFA issued a public apology last year after an interim report found child protection measures were not "fit for purpose".
"I asked the president (Duterte) if he was okay (with the apology) and he said 'yes,'" Panelo said in Filipino.
who pointed out that he merely "noted" the apology sent by the Chinese fishery group to the Philippine Embassy in the Beijing, which the DFA released.
Panelo added that the Philippines had accepted the association's apology.
He also mentioned that Chinese fisheries officials also expressed a verbal apology and gave a verbal report, which the embassy here transmitted to authorities.
'This apology, of course, represents the ship owner.
However, after the NAB warning, in the press conference, Mustafa Kamal offered an apology and said he is regrettable if anyone hurt of his remarks.
"We wanted an apology from the whole board, and more importantly we wanted an apology for the bullying that hundreds of people have experienced and also for the harm they have suffered, and the apology falls short of that.
"It apologises for the board's response when the whistleblowers raised their concerns about the bullying, so there has been no actual apology for a decade long period of bullying, nor the harm that bullying has caused.
On the onset of the hearing, the court rejected the counsel's plea to not highlight the apology letter and directed the counsel to read it out in the court.
At the outset of the hearing, Advocate Hafeezur Rehman Chaudhry presented a copy of Qadri's apology, requesting the bench not to discuss its points in the open court.
During the hearing of a bail plea filed by Qadri and TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi - whose earlier applications were rejected by an anti-terrorism court - Justice Qasim Ali Khan directed Qadri's counsel Hafeezur Rehman Chaudhry to submit the attested apology letter by Wednesday.
The authors say their study provides the most detailed look yet at the impact of apology legislation on such claims.