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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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Frankly, the accusations against the Kingdom don't hold water.
But we know that intelligence reports don't hold water in court, ' the PNP chief said in a news conference here.
No doubt, these silly fabrications don't hold water anymore.
Many color associations don't hold water once tested, though.
But new research is showing the old assumptions about generational differences just don't hold water.
If that eyesore, which stands out like a scene from a horror movie, is the reason we're asked to make up the difference in property taxes, Pryor's arguments don't hold water.
The accused's excuses don't matter, they don't hold water, they're merely diversionary tactics.
As many have pointed out, most of the arguments from Canada Post don't hold water.
The Jaypee Group is a ` 40,000 crore group, so Speed Week 's allegations about it going bankrupt don't hold water.
I don't believe a word from this man's mouth and his claims he didn't know anything about paedophilia in the 1990s simply don't hold water.
Those arguments don't hold water, and the people who would know--our military and business leaders--have made that clear.
Broader arguments about the economic impact of the ban similarly don't hold water.
But we suggest there are too many questions and their answers don't hold water and that these two played their part in making cocaine available in North Wales.
He credits Burns for dealing with that evolving drama, in which Lionsgate has insisted that Icahn's allegations of excessive spending don't hold water.