Translation of "alibi" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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alibinoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæl.ɪ.baɪ/ us /ˈæl.ɪ.baɪ/

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. 他有不在犯罪现场的铁证——谋杀发生的那一周他在住院。

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. 本届政府已经执政8年,面对自己的失误,它再不能拿前任政府的政策作挡箭牌了。

(Translation of “alibi” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)