something won't / doesn't wash (with sb)
≅ этот номер не пройдет;
≅ это никуда не годится
Used to say that somebody's explanation, excuse, etc. is not valid or that you/somebody else will not believe or accept a particular idea, excuse, or way of behaving
Example 2: Such a careless attitude to safety will not wash any more. (MM)
the answer's a lemon
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