Tell that to the marines


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an expression of disbelief, the marines being regarded by sailors as credulous.

See also: Marine

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Go tell that to the marines, or even better the paramedics.
When Senate President Franklin Drilon, with tongue-in-cheek and sensing an opportunity to grandstand, advised and admonished the President that senators are independent-minded, and cannot be controlled or told what to do, the whole world knows that Senator Drilon was being hypocritical, BS, and, as they say, tell that to the Marines.
They can tell that to the marines but (I) still believe that it contained money because of their suspicious actions," said Yap, who claimed that the three were whispering to each other and were looking around, as if they were doing something dishonest that should be concealed.