American Idioms and Expressions

Not Hold Water Idiom

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not hold water
What does not hold water mean?
to be illogical, to make no senseThe excuses of the young man do not hold water.
not hold water
What does not hold water mean?
make no sense, be illogicalThe argument by the lawyer did not hold water.
not hold water
What does not hold water mean?
to make no sense, to be illogical The argument by the lawyer did not hold water.

not hold water
What does not hold water mean?
to be illogical, to make no sense The excuses of the man do not hold water.


Some Random Idioms
of one's own accord/free will
What does "of one's own accord/free will" mean?
by one's own choiceThe supervisor decided to leave her job of her own free will and was not fired.
set eyes on (someone or something)
What does "set eyes on (someone or something)" mean?
to see someone or something for the first timeI do not know if my friend is here or not. I have not set eyes on her since yesterday.
hard on (someone or something)
What does "hard on (someone or something)" mean?
treat someone or something roughlyHis son is very hard on shoes.
little shit
What does "little shit" mean?
dumb, unimportant person
sugarcoat (something)
What does "sugarcoat (something)" mean?
to make something that is unpleasant seem more pleasant, to coat something with sugar The government tried to sugarcoat the new policy but nobody was happy with it.

Cloth ears
What does "Cloth ears" mean?
If you don't listen to people, they may suggest you have cloth ears.
a pipe dream
What does "a pipe dream" mean?
an unrealistic planHe always has a lot of pipe dreams about what he wants to do in the future.
do justice to (something)
What does "do justice to (something)" mean?
to do something well, to represent something accuratelyThe painting of my grandfather does not do justice to his extremely good looks.
down and out
What does "down and out" mean?
to have no moneyMy friend has been down and out before but usually he can find a job.
pin (something) on (someone)
What does "pin (something) on (someone)" mean?
to place the blame for something on someoneMy friend tried to pin the blame for breaking the computer on me.
Words fail me
What does "Words fail me" mean?
If words fail you, you can't find the words to express what you are trying to say.

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