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explain sth away

phrasal verb with explain uk   us   /ɪkˈspleɪn/ verb [I or T]
to ​avoidblame for something that has ​happened by making it ​seem not ​important or not ​yourfault: I don't ​know how you're going to ​explain away that ​dent you made in Dad's ​car.
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