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.
"Tell that to the Marines, Northern Ireland has got a lot of public spending over the years."
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.