a bad excuse is better than none
1551 T. WILSON Rule of Reason S6 This is as thei saie in English, better a badde excuse, then none at all.
1579 S. GOSSON School of Abuse 24 A bad excuse is better, they say, then none at all.
1821 W. WIRT Letter 29 Aug. in J. P. Kennedy Memoirs (1849) II. vii. The old fellow’s look had a glimpse of passing cunning as much as to say, ‘A bad excuse is better than none.’
1981 P. VAN GREENAWAY ‘Cassandra’ Bell xiii. What excuse is better than none?
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