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English definition of “explain sth away”

explain sth away

phrasal verb with explain     /ɪkˈspleɪn/ verb [I or T]
to avoid blame for something that has happened by making it seem not important or not your fault: I don't know how you're going to explain away that dent you made in dad's car.Defining and explainingReasons and explanations
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