Meaning of “explain sth away” in the English Dictionary

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"explain sth away" in British English

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explain sth away

phrasal verb with explain uk /ɪkˈspleɪn/ us /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.

(Definition of “explain sth away” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)