English version

a poor/rotten etc excuse for something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisha poor/rotten etc excuse for somethinga poor/rotten etc excuse for somethingBAD ATused when you think someone or something is very bad He’s a rotten excuse for a lawyer. Why on earth did you hire him? excuse
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a poor/rotten etc excuse for somethingBut Tories have continued to attack, saying the scheme is a poor excuse for real pedestrianisation.
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