- explain away,
- explain oneself,
Origin of explanation
Examples from the Web for explanation
Have you looked around the American Dental Association website for an explanation of how fluoridation actually works?
That explanation is believable…but increasingly less so when you hear Jay talk about the nature of his relationship with Adnan.The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline|Emily Shire|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The deacon said he is demanding an explanation from Williams.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However the expression on his face offered some explanation.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His explanation only diminishes the irresistible excitement we feel while watching Tony Perkins peer at Janet Leigh in her shower.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Becoming impatient of this delay, Madame Nelson pressed them for an explanation.
One may be puzzled for a few minutes, but the explanation is simple enough.The inventions, researches and writings of Nikola Tesla|Thomas Commerford Martin
In the circumstances enumerated we have the explanation of an extraordinary fact.About Orchids|Frederick Boyle
There was not one word in explanation of this astonishing announcement.In Direst Peril|David Christie Murray
The officer seemed delighted with my explanation, and the straightforward manner in which I told him everything.
late 14c., from Latin explanationem (nominative explanatio), noun of action from past participle stem of explanare "to make plain or clear, explain," literally "make level, flatten," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + planus "flat" (see plane (n.1)).