Meaning of “hold water” in the English Dictionary

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"hold water" in British English

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hold water

C2 If a reason, argument, or explanation holds water, it is true:

Her alibi just didn't hold water.

(Definition of “hold water” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hold water" in American English

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hold water

to seem to be true or reasonable:

The jury convicted her because her story just didn’t hold water.

(Definition of “hold water” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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