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hold (one's) water

To be calm or patient; to stop making pressing demands, requests, or solicitations. Janet needs to hold her water and just let the committee do its job. You kids hold your water back there or I swear I'll turn this car right around!
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hold water

Stand up to critical examination, be sound and valid, as in This argument just won't hold water, or Her reasons for quitting don't hold water. This metaphoric expression alludes to a container that can hold water without leaking. [c. 1600]
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hold water

(of a statement, theory, or line of reasoning) appear to be valid, sound, or reasonable.
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hold ˈwater

(informal) (of a theory, etc.) remain true even when examined closely: Your argument just doesn’t hold water.
If a container holds water, no water escapes.
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hold water

tv. [for an idea, plan, etc.] to survive evaluation or scrutiny. Nothing you’ve said so far holds water.
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hold water

To stand up to critical examination: Your explanation doesn't hold water.
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hold water, to

To bear close inspection; to be valid. This expression, used since about 1600, refers to the soundness of a container that holds water without leaking. “Let them produce a more rational account . . . that will hold water,” wrote John French (The Yorkshire Spaw, 1626).
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It is the space in a vessel that enables it to hold water, just as it is the space within our heart that allows spirit to enter.
Depressions in the surface of the land that hold water might have been formed by glaciation and subsequently fed by surface runoff and springs beneath.
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In a letter to constituents on the issue, Obama explained that while he agrees with Feingold that the President "exceeded his authority with his domestic wiretapping program," and furthermore, that the Administration's justifications don't hold water, he doesn't support censure.
Backfill the hole with soil and make a ring of dirt around the tree to help hold water.
If [the pot is] to hold water, then you need one that has been high-fired--the higher the temperature of the kiln, the more sealed the clay.
His excuse that he didn't get a good view of the tackle simply doesn't hold water. He saw enough to show a yellow card.
More than 90 per cent of Haiti's trees have been chopped down, leaving nothing to hold water back from low-lying towns.
In my view, the idea of putting the Fourth Grace on the old Cammell Laird site does not hold water, mainly on the grounds of cost.
Applying compost to your garden adds helpful nutrients to the soil, guards against diseases and pests, can enhance soil's ability to hold water and air and may even extend plants' growing season.