dog ate my homework

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the dog ate my homework

A hackneyed explanation for why one does not have their homework. A: "I can't tell my teacher that the dog ate my homework!" B: "Come on, a bad excuse is better than none."
See also: ate, dog, homework

(The) dog ate my homework

A poor excuse for something that someone has failed to do on time. (From an excuse a student might give for failing to turn in homework on time. Occurs in many variations.) The dog ate my homework, so I have nothing to turn in. (Used as an attributive.) Bob was late with his report and had nothing but his typical dog-ate-my-homework excuses.
See also: ate, dog, homework
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Iain co-wrote and hosted four series of CBBC comedy panel show The Dog Ate My Homework, which won Bafta Scotland's 2016 Best Programme Award last year and saw him pick up this year's Children's Bafta Best Presenter Award.
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On the electric car, Chrysler's approach to regulatory compliance was, loosely stated, "The dog ate my homework.
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