hold water

hold water
verb
resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
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Her shoes won't hold up

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This theory won't hold water

Syn: ↑stand up, ↑hold up
Hypernyms:
survive, ↑last, ↑live, ↑live on, ↑go, ↑endure, ↑hold up, ↑hold out
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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BE TENABLE, ring true, bear scrutiny, make sense, stand up, hold up, be convincing, be plausible, be sound.
water

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phrasal
1.
a. : to retain water without leaking
b. : to be whole, consistent, or valid : stand up under criticism or analysis

an accusation which would hold water in a court of law — Michael Howard

an explanation that would not hold water if the true facts were known

2. : to hold oars steady in the water usually at right angles to the direction of movement to check headway

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hold water see under ↑water
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Main Entry:hold
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hold water
(of an argument, etc) to be correct or well-grounded, to bear examination
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Main Entry:water

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[often with negative] (of a statement, theory, or line of reasoning) appear to be valid, sound, or reasonable

this argument just does not hold water

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hold water — see water, 1
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Main Entry:hold
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hold water
informal : to be possible or believable
— usually used in negative statements

Her argument doesn't hold water. [=does not make sense]

His theory cannot hold water. [=his theory is wrong]

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Main Entry:water

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