explain away

as in to explain
to give the reason for or cause of after the surprise attack, military leaders struggled to explain away the nation's unpreparedness

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“Explain away.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/explain%20away. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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