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hold water

verb

1 hold water

Resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.:
— This theory won't hold water.

synonyms: hold up, stand up.

Roget 478: demonstrate, prove, establish; make good; show, evince, manifest etc. (be evidence of) 467; confirm, corroborate, substantiate, verify ... show more

Roget 494: be true etc. adj., be the case; sand the test; have the true ring; hold good, hold true, hold water.    render true, prove true etc. adj.; substantiate ... show more




Moby thesaurus: afford proof of, ascertain, be consistent, be demonstrable, be irrefutable, be logical, be reasonable, be the case, be true, be truthful, bring home to, cinch, clinch, conform to fact, demonstrate, determine, establish, figure, fix, follow ... show more.

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