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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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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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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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The first part commences with an apology for his colloquial style; he is, as he has always been, the enemy of rhetoric, and knows of no rhetoric but truth; he will not falsify his character by making a speech.
He discovered his two married brethren in their corner, unaccompanied by their wives; and he delivered his apology for his wife with the air of a man who felt unaffectedly ashamed of it:
"Your indifference, however, towards that unfortunate girl--I must say it, unpleasant to me as the discussion of such a subject may well be--your indifference is no apology for your cruel neglect of her.
Though we have properly enough entitled this our work, a history, and not a life; nor an apology for a life, as is more in fashion; yet we intend in it rather to pursue the method of those writers, who profess to disclose the revolutions of countries, than to imitate the painful and voluminous historian, who, to preserve the regularity of his series, thinks himself obliged to fill up as much paper with the detail of months and years in which nothing remarkable happened, as he employs upon those notable aeras when the greatest scenes have been transacted on the human stage.
If I might offer any apology for so exaggerated a fiction as the Barnacles and the Circumlocution Office, I would seek it in the common experience of an Englishman, without presuming to mention the unimportant fact of my having done that violence to good manners, in the days of a Russian war, and of a Court of Inquiry at Chelsea.
Martin Henry, chairman of the review panel, said his goal was to secure an apology for survivors and help implement measures to prevent further abuse.
Panelo merely expressed satisfaction with the Chinese apology for the incident and the offer of compensation and nothing more," Locsin said on Twitter.
'President Duterte owes our fishermen and the general public an apology for not performing his mandate, for lawyering for China and for making statements and actions on this matter inimical to our national and sovereign interests,' she added.
"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.
LAHORE -- A two-member bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday directed the counsel of Pir Afzal Qadri - former leader of Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) who is currently facing a treason case - to submit a detailed apology for incendiary remarks made by him during a protest against the Supreme Court's acquittal of Asia Bibi.
After the counsel finished the reading, the bench observed that the letter missed apology for Qadri's derogatory remarks against judges of the Supreme Court, Prime Minister Imran Khan and COAS Qamar Javed Bajwa.
LAHORE -- The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday directed the lawyer of former Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) leader Pir Afzal Qadri to submit a detailed apology for treasonous remarks made by him during a protest against the Supreme Court's acquittal of Christian blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi.
Abidi has submitted a two-page unconditional apology for using contemptuous words against the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar.
Earlier in the day, PTI counsel Babar Awan appeared before the ECP and said the case shouldn't be dragged further as the PTI chief had already tendered apology for the violation, which was not intentional.
The court remarked according to this reply when you have not committed any mistake then apology for what.