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alibinoun [C]

uk   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. 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 forits own ​failure.
(Definition of alibi from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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alibinoun [C]

 us   /ˈæl·əˌbɑɪ/
proof that someone who is ​thought to have ​committed a ​crime could not have done it, esp. the ​fact or ​claim that the ​person was in another ​place at the ​time the ​crimehappened An alibi is also an ​excuse for something: You’re late again – what’s ​your alibi this ​time?
(Definition of alibi from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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