not have a leg to stand on

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not have a leg to stand on

To have no evidence, support, or justification for one's argument or actions. Unfortunately, the entire study that I based my research on has been retracted, so now my thesis paper doesn't have a leg to stand on. The truth is that the prosecution hasn't got a leg to stand on now that their key witness has been discredited in court. The senator's company avoided paying millions in taxes over the years, so she doesn't have a leg to stand on when she criticizes tax dodgers.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

not have a leg to stand on

Fig. [for an argument or a case] to have no support. You may think you're in the right, but you don't have a leg to stand on. My lawyer said I didn't have a leg to stand on, so I shouldn't sue the company.
See also: have, leg, not, on, stand
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

not have a leg to stand on

If someone does not have a leg to stand on, they are in a very weak position, because they cannot prove a claim or statement they have made. You'd never win. Our lawyers said you wouldn't have a leg to stand on. I haven't got a leg to stand on. I had no witnesses.
See also: have, leg, not, on, stand
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

not have a leg to stand on

have no facts or sound reasons to support your argument or justify your actions.
See also: have, leg, not, on, stand
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

not have a ˌleg to ˈstand on

(informal) not be able to prove what you say: He claims he wasn’t there, but four people saw him, so he doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
See also: have, leg, not, on, stand
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