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I have a scenario: A policeman wantonly or egregiously declines a person's request and instead comes up with reasons for declining.

I want to say it is very easy for police to come up with reasons if they really want to decline requests.

Can I say this:

It is very easy for the police to make out reasons for any requests.

I know the phrase 'make out' doesn't sound right, but I thought it is somewhat related. Please suggest.

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If your intent is to show that the police are lying to you, declining a request without justification, or being specious, they are making up a reason for their behavior.

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