One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an argument, claim, evidence, etc.) remain valid after close scrutiny or analysis.‘you need to have hard evidence that will stand up in court’‘the argument does not stand up to analysis’
be valid, remain valid, be sound, be plausible, hold water, hold up, stand questioning, survive investigation, bear examination, be verifiable, be provable, ring true, be convincingView synonyms
- ‘I am not suggesting that his arguments necessarily stood up to academic scrutiny.’
- ‘Whether the allegations against her will stand up in court remains to be seen.’
- ‘Therefore the notion of supply/demand does not stand up to scientific scrutiny.’
- ‘It was examined to see if the idea stood up and had integrity and financial credibility.’
- ‘The question is whether, either in a court of law or in the mind of an objective observer, this defence stands up.’
- ‘We are confident that our plan stands up to scrutiny and we remain committed to green energy projects.’
- ‘He claimed they were for me, but I know for a fact that this wouldn't stand up in a court of law.’
- ‘His account is rife with factual errors and fails to stand up to scrutiny.’
- ‘However, not one of them stands up to even a modicum of scholarly scrutiny.’
- ‘One's own morality only stands up to so much scrutiny before breaking down.’
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