Meaning of “be an apology for sth” in the English Dictionary

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"be an apology for sth" in British English

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be an apology for sth

UK informal

to be an extremely bad example of something:

You're not coming out because you're tired? That's an apology for an excuse!

(Definition of “be an apology for sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)