something won't/doesn't wash

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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.
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something won't wash

If an explanation or idea won't wash, it will not be believed or accepted. Mr Aitken might try some such explanation if and when he returns. It won't wash. It won't wash to claim that what we eat is purely a matter of personal responsibility.
See also: something, wash

won't wash

will not be believed or accepted. informal
1998 New Scientist In the end, however, this argument won't wash.
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something won’t/doesn’t ˈwash (with somebody)

used to say that somebody’s explanation, excuse, etc. is not valid or that you/somebody else will not accept it: That excuse simply won’t wash with me.
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References in classic literature ?
You see, I am the sort of color, as they say at the linen-drapers," that doesn't wash well.
Sorry, it doesn't wash anymore; this was nothing other than sheer laziness, a lack of personal responsibility and a dereliction of duty.
The suggestion that Dundalk could be financially recompensed doesn't wash with Caulfield.
He said: "This nonsense from the National Chief's Council about most of our business done online, my experience is that just doesn't wash with the communities.
The Bomber's' first defence brings brash American Flores to Merseyside with Bellew believing the challenger has changed his tune - swapping the trash talk that saw him land the fight with respect - and Bellew says that doesn't wash with him and is preparing a punishing night.
People might say: 'What has he done in the game and that he took Middlesbrough down', but that doesn't wash with me.
In the Inverness dressing room, though, silver doesn't wash.
SWINDON boss Mark Cooper has done his best to play the 'we're the underdogs' card going into their trip to Bramall Lane - but it simply doesn't wash.
Is a West Brom supporter who doesn't wash his hands after he goes to the toilet really the best person to be deciding this stuff?
Not because Mr B doesn't wash up; he does, more so than me.
Nick Clegg going on about tax reductions doesn't wash, it gives a little and takes a lot away from those on low incomes, many of whom struggle to get by.
The "that's private" defence doesn't wash for me, but even so, it's depressing that prying on your partners c o r r e s p o n dence is seemingly part of everyday life now.
While Kardashian likes to tan regularly, she admits she doesn't wash her hair very often.
The argument that you can't have goal-line technology at all levels of the game, right down to Division Six of the Festival League, doesn't wash.