Meaning of “a miserable, poor, etc. excuse for sth” in the English Dictionary

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"a miserable, poor, etc. excuse for sth" in British English

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a miserable, poor, etc. excuse for sth

a very bad example of something:

It was a miserable excuse for a meal.

(Definition of “a miserable, poor, etc. excuse for sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)