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not hold water

To not be or not appear to be true, verifiable, or able to be supported by facts. The image is of a container with holes in it—a metaphor for a position or argument containing "holes" (errors or gaps in reasoning). I'm afraid that excuse just doesn't hold water with me—you still should have had plenty of time to complete the assignment and print it. That old claim has been debunked so many time that it just does not hold water any more.
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not hold water

 
1. Lit. [of a container] not able to contain water without leaking. This old wading pool won't hold water any longer.
2. Fig. not able to be proved; not correct or true. Jack's story won't hold water. It sounds too unlikely. The police's theory will not hold water. The suspect has an ironclad alibi.
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won't hold water

to be inadequate, insubstantial, or ill-conceived. Sorry, your ideas won't hold water. Nice try, though. The prosecution's case wouldn't hold water, so the defendant was released.
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not hold water

COMMON If a theory or an argument does not hold water, you can prove that it is wrong. That explanation does not hold water, according to senior intelligence sources. It doesn't really matter that not all of the film's arguments hold water. Note: You can also say that a theory or an argument holds water, meaning that it is true or right. If these arguments hold water, then we may have to rethink our policy.
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He'll be seen as (some sort of) a hero if he does that," said Vargas, adding that Cojuangco's fears that the country might get suspended by the International Olympic Committee doesn't hold water.
This doesn't hold water with the local manufacturers, of course, with one of their officials retorting about how easy it is to forge these certification documents: 'You want an inspection certificate for cement imports?
The CA's contention that the leading players of current generation make enough moolah and hence dismantling the earlier model was justifiable also doesn't hold water.
The alleged perception of the Talwars being seen as an elite, thus provoking a class reaction from the authorities to take them to task, doesn't hold water.
The argument that transparency is not justified or could be destabilizing doesn't hold water and is only an excuse for blocking crucial transparency of information the public at large should know.
Johnson said Stahl's hypothesis doesn't hold water.
One area may be well-drained and another may be more poorly drained; in that case, you need more irrigation on the well-drained one because it doesn't hold water as tightly.
But even Ofgem, slammed until now for being soft on suppliers, says that argument doesn't hold water.
I think the argument of deterrence is really something that doesn't hold water in the end.
That position doesn't hold water even from a purely Keynesian perspective.
A team of scientists took more than a month - allowing for eight-hour days and weekends off - to come up with an answer that doesn't hold water.
This theory that there's going to be a windfall [of new patients for device makers] just doesn't hold water," said J.
At the end of the day, the skeptics' position on KAICIID doesn't hold water.
Here the tailor is murdered out of Brody's apparent blind panic, and that as a motive just doesn't hold water.
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