to hold water

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - hold water

"to hold water"

to be valid and verifiable;

to seem to be true or reasonable


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hold water

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I really believe that if we add an enhancement to our gadget that sales will increase.

Colleague 2:  That does not hold water.

Colleague 1:  Why not?

Colleague 2:  If you check, you will find that every time we have tried enhancements that sales did not increase.

Colleague 1:  Oh.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hold water

Two parents are talking about their teenage son ...

Mother:  Arthur said that he was at the library last night working on his school project.

Father:  But you don't believe him?

Mother:  I don't think his claim holds water.

Father:  Why do you say that?

Mother:  I checked his backpack and there is no sign of any work being done on his project.

to hold water - Usage:


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to hold water - Gerund Form:

Holding water, the new theory was published in the latest journal.

to hold water - Examples:

1)  While theories abound as to the purpose of this station, not many of them hold water. One of the most popular among those who love a good conspiracy is ...

2)  Also, the cannibalising argument is one which doesn't seem to hold water because we're seeing growth both in fifteens and in sevens.

3)  The lack of adequate security argument just doesn't hold water. The real issue here is that ...

4)  ... that the world is a safer place without Saddam Hussein. That argument does not hold water

5)  ... isn't yet hard evidence on the Oedipus Complex, several key Freudian ideas still hold water.

6)  This does not hold water. This charge is totally groundless.

7)  ... rest assured the guys weren't completely convinced the plan was going to hold water, either. 

8)  I'm afraid, young lady, your argument doesn't hold water. Indeed, it is an embarrassment to the human civilization. 

9)  Your argument may hold water if the money was to be given to small to middle Australian businesses.

10)  To argue that India has come a long way from the 1960s would not hold water.

11)  These explanations do not hold water as far as I go. And these are my reasons: # 1

12)  The common assumption that children home-schooled will miss out socially just doesn't hold water for the Horler family.

13)  ... the argument that ministers require super luxury vehicles to serve the masses will not hold water.

14)  ... tendency to make sweeping generalizations about Muslims as perpetrators and supporters of terrorism did not hold water to a cosmopolitan and educated electorate.

15)  ... to either validate or disprove his research. And if the theory proves to hold water, it could go a long way in helping us understand the universe around ...

16)  But that notion doesn't really hold water in light of these historical facts.

17)  Their argument that millions of people in the workforce are affected does not hold water.

18)  ... leaving the EU would be bad news for Britain. Her argument then didn't hold water and nor does it now.

19)  The argument that transgressions against maids are hard to uncover also does not hold water, given the many cases we have seen of errant employers being hauled to ...

20)  For this claim to hold water, the support for Second Amendment abolition needs to be more direct.