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alibi

noun [C] uk   /ˈæl.ɪ.baɪ/ us  
proof that someone who is thought to have committed a crime could not have done it, especially the fact or statement that they were in another place at the time it happened: He has a cast-iron (= very strong) alibi - he was in hospital the week of the murder. an excuse for something bad or for a failure: After eight years in power, the government can no longer use the previous government's policy as an alibi for its own failure.
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