Definition of explain away
1 : to get rid of by or as if by explanation
2 : to minimize the significance of by or as if by explanation <explains his faults, but does not try to explain them away — M. K. Spears>
Examples of explain away
<after the surprise attack, military leaders struggled to explain away the nation's unpreparedness>
<tried to explain away his adulterous affairs by saying that men are promiscuous by nature>
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