- to diminish or nullify the significance of by explanation: He couldn't explain away his absence from home at the time the robbery was committed.
- to dispel (doubts, difficulties, etc.) by explanation: She explained away the child's fears.
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This is why it’s so important for fitness creators on TikTok to not only to show, but also explain how to do a particular movement.
That response helps explain a lot about the presidential race more broadly.In 160 words, Trump reveals how little he cares about the pandemic|Philip Bump|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
That partly explains all the team changes he’s had over the years.Bam Adebayo Is Making Plays, Denver Is Making Us Look Bad, And The Lakers May Need To Make Some Adjustments|Chris Herring (firstname.lastname@example.org)|September 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
The agency noted that’s the maximum allowed under state law but did not explain why it had earlier proposed a larger amount.This Billionaire Governor’s Coal Company Might Get a Big Break From His Own Regulators|by Ken Ward Jr.|September 17, 2020|ProPublica
Normally, when rain falls the droplets are intercepted by leaves, branches, or grasses before hitting the ground, explains Ann Youberg, a senior research scientist with the Arizona Geological Survey.California wildfires may give way to massive mudslides|Ula Chrobak|September 17, 2020|Popular-Science
To his critics, he explained—sometimes at painful length—his reasoning against it.
Conway goes on to list a series of other coincidences that he suggests are not simply explained.Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“We look for the qualities that are evocative of V.S.O.P Privilege,” explained Hennessy Senior Vice President Rodney Williams.
He was courteous, explained the legitimate reason we were briefly pulled over, and then let us continue on our way.
In a hot-button cover story interview with Vanity Fair, Lawrence explained it best.Butts, Brawls, and Bill Cosby: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014 |Kevin Fallon|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While they were doing this, he assembled the officers around him, and the meaning of our night march was explained to us.
"That is why I told you the other meeting seemed a long time ago," explained the girl.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
With some difficulty Jos explained his mother's disclaimer of the title of Senora, and the choice of names she offered to Ramona.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
"This toadstool is growing bigger all the time," Grandfather Mole explained.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
They represented, as has been explained, the operation of the system of natural liberty by which every man got what he is worth.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock