that dog won't hunt

that dog won't hunt

This idea or excuse won’t work. This folksy expression originated in the American South, where dogs are commonly used to hunt raccoons and other wild animals. Also put as that old dog won’t hunt, it originated in the late 1800s.
See also: dog, hunt, that
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I'm here to tell you: that dog won't hunt. Allow me to echo the words of a wise friend: "The amazement and passion we receive from the wild is for all who desire to choose to do so.
"I want you to say, 'That dog won't hunt!'" - Rick Perry in Austin on Saturday, advising his supporters how they should respond when critics challenge Texas' accomplishments
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That dog won't hunt. In drafting FISA, legislators were mindful that the government would need the kind of flexibility that would avoid delays.
IN WAL-MART COUNTRY, SAM Walton and others of his era often used sayings such as "that dog won't hunt" when declaring a business idea futile or unfounded.
But when Bush gets the nomination, that dog won't hunt, as they say in Texas; he is damaged goods.