an apology for something

informal
something that is of very bad quality

They lived in what was a miserable apology for a house.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • (an) apology for something — an apology for something informal phrase something that is of very bad quality They lived in what was a miserable apology for a house. Thesaurus: something that is of very bad qualitysynonym Main entry: apology …   Useful english dictionary

  • be an apology for something — be an apology for (something) humorous to be a very bad example of something. That old thing is an apology for a car …   New idioms dictionary

  • make no apology for something — make no aˈpology/aˈpologies for sth idiom if you say that you make no apology/apologies for sth, you mean that you do not feel that you have said or done anything wrong Main entry: ↑apologyidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • be an apology for — (something) humorous to be a very bad example of something. That old thing is an apology for a car …   New idioms dictionary

  • make no apologies for something — make no aˈpology/aˈpologies for sth idiom if you say that you make no apology/apologies for sth, you mean that you do not feel that you have said or done anything wrong Main entry: ↑apologyidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • apology — a|pol|o|gy S3 [əˈpɔlədʒi US əˈpa: ] n plural apologies [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: apologia written or spoken defense , from Greek, from apo ( APOCALYPSE) + logos speech ] 1.) [U and C] something that you say or write to show that you …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • apology — a|pol|o|gy [ ə palədʒi ] noun * 1. ) count a statement that tells someone that you are sorry for doing something wrong or causing a problem: We would have been happy with an apology. make an apology: He made a public apology for his remarks. owe… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • apology */ — UK [əˈpɒlədʒɪ] / US [əˈpɑlədʒɪ] noun Word forms apology : singular apology plural apologies 1) a) [countable] a statement that tells someone that you are sorry for doing something wrong or for causing a problem We would have been happy with an… …   English dictionary

  • Apology — A*pol o*gy, n.; pl. {Apologies}. [L. apologia, Gr. ?; ? from + ?: cf. F. apologie. See {Apologetic}.] 1. Something said or written in defense or justification of what appears to others wrong, or of what may be liable to disapprobation;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apology — noun (C) 1 something that you say or write to show that you are sorry for doing something wrong: Your behaviour was outrageous. I demand an apology! | accept sb s apology (=forgive them after they have apologized): Please accept our sincere… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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