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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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.
And if they suggest that this is not an attack on the Prime Minister, then you can tell that to the marines.
Well, I'm sorry Mr Jamieson, tell that to the Marines.