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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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We don't know his motives or if his plans hold water, but at least he's offering something.
Some people place the container in a saucer to help hold water but this can cause root rots at the bottom of the container, particularly if the water sits in the saucer after watering or rain.
Turner's Cross can hold water but within an hour of the rain stopping, it runs off the pitch".
Michael Mansfield, QC, defending, said that ID evidence called by the prosecution was non-existent and "does not hold water.
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He added, The panel is un-procedural, unprofessional and cannot hold water because the constitution has roles for those who investigate the immediate and remote causes of air accidents under the Ministry of Aviation.