not buy (something)

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not buy (something)

To not accept or believe something as the truth. My brother says that his latest scheme will make millions, but I'm not buying it. The teacher didn't buy my story about the dog eating my homework.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

not buy something

Fig. not accept something (to be true). You may think so, but I don't buy it. The police wouldn't buy his story.
See also: buy, not
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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There are a sort of customers that don't buy promiscuously; they do every thing by rule.
But poor people don't buy sewing machines in hard times, so I was forced to forgo that employment.
I suppose you might hear a great deal in the shops; only, as I don't buy anything-- I prefer to spend my money for purposes of culture--I don't have that advantage.
He got in all the details, and that is a good thing in a local item: you see, he had kept books for the undertaker- department of his church when he was younger, and there, you know, the money's in the details; the more details, the more swag: bearers, mutes, candles, prayers -- everything counts; and if the bereaved don't buy prayers enough you mark up your candles with a forked pencil, and your bill shows up all right.
If we don't buy the Morgan place someone else will--and there is no other house in the Glen we would care to have, and no other really good site on which to build.
"Don't buy it!" was Her Majesty's edict as she looked down, with a lofty scorn that seemed curiously mixed with tender interest, on the ragged creature at her feet.
"They say he has sold himself to the enemy, but you and I know better--he don't buy. I'll tell you what, though; my lodger is so black-humoured and gloomy that I believe he'd as soon make that bargain as any other.
Oh, I know I'm enthusiastic, but if you don't buy him, Chris.
They discussed West Mercia Police's We Don't Buy Crime campaign which involves reducing and disrupting the market for stolen goods by protecting homes and possessions.
The new staff will work on the "We Don't Buy Crime" team, helping to protect homes and tackling the market for stolen goods.
Zlotow's argument against the death penalty, in this instance, I just don't buy it.
Don't buy from back-ends of stores or 'warehouses.'
Second, don't buy anything domestic, this includes ironing board covers, frying pans or a kettle unless specifically asked for, the only exception to this rule is a fancy coffee machine, if and only if your better half is a coffee lover and it's not conveniently something you would like for yourself.
'Imagine if we sour our ties with China, they don't buy our products, they don't buy our palm oil, imagine what will happen to our economy,' he added.
Don't buy separates that don't already have a partner in your wardrobe THE number of skirts and pants that have hung unworn for months because I don't have anything 'that goes with them' is scandalous.