an excuse for not doing something. : something that avoids dealing with a problem in an appropriate way. Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary.
This phrase was parodied by Monty Python to end some sketches. Instead of a climax or punch line, the police (cops) would turn up and arrest the characters.
The definition of a
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A failure to fulfill a commitment or responsibility or to face a difficulty squarely. 2. A person who fails to fulfill a commitment or responsibility. 3. An excuse for ...