explain (oneself)

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explain (oneself)

1. verb To clarify something that one has said or done. I'm sorry, I didn't quite follow your line of thinking—can you explain yourself?
2. verb To explain why one has done something, usually something bad or wrong. Often used as an imperative in the phrase "explain yourself." Now that they caught me plagiarizing, I'm going to have to explain myself before a disciplinary committee. Explain yourself—what could have possibly convinced you that it was OK to plagiarize your paper?
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explain (oneself)

 
1. to explain what one has said or done or what one thinks or feels. (Formal and polite.) Please take a moment to explain yourself. I'm sure we are interested in your ideas. Yes, if you will let me explain myself, I think you'll agree with my idea.
2. to give an explanation or excuse for something wrong that one may have done. (Usually said in anger.) Young man! Come in here and explain yourself this instant. Why did you do that, Tom Smith? You had better explain yourself, and it had better be good.

explain oneself

1. Clarify what one has said or done, as in If you have a few minutes, I'll try to explain myself. [First half of 1600s]
2. Demand or give an explanation or excuse for something wrong one has done. For example, You're three hours late-can you explain yourself?
See also: explain

exˈplain yourself


1 give somebody reasons for your behaviour, especially when they are angry or upset because of it: I really don’t see why I should have to explain myself to you.
2 say what you mean in a clear way: Could you explain yourself a little more — I didn’t understand.
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Statute of limitations gives us the clarity of memory to either defend ourselves or explain ourselves or even accept responsibility for things we have done, he said, adding later, Truthfully, its very hard to look back at every conversation Ive had.
When our men are incited to rape our women, when our leaders lose sight of their moral compass and yell bloody murder, when a war rages and hatreds are aflame because of convenience and laziness to explain ourselves to each other, we stand to lose.
It also involves a high degree of self-acceptance and owning everything that makes us who we are while resisting the urge to constantly validate or explain ourselves.
We are struggling to explain ourselves to those in our community who have now begun to view us with suspicion.
And why should we have to explain ourselves anyway?
There was quite a bit of clattering - it was quite brutal and it was more like a formula two stock car race at times and we got hauled in by the officials to explain ourselves.
I remember we were trying to explain ourselves to the police and then I just drove through.
We use archetypes to explain ourselves to others; we grunt allusively about "you know, Jewish mothers," who loom with omniscient Zeus-like supremacy over all others; we lament aloudas I did just the other dayhow Vera Bradley no longer offers free monogramming on the uber-preppy tote bags they sell on their website, and then follow it up with a self-effacing, "That might be the single JAPpiest sentence I have ever uttered.
This is how we explain ourselves -- by art, not by politics.
It was understandable that there was pressure to perform but we never got a chance to explain ourselves," The Express Tribune quoted Jayawardene, as saying.
We don't consider it necessary to explain ourselves or justify ourselves, because we are not violating any international agreements or any [UN] Security Council resolutions", Lavrov said on heavily criticized arms shipments to Syria.
We don't consider it necessary to explain ourselves or justify ourselves, because we are not violating any international agreements or any (UN) Security Council resolutions," Lavrov told an annual news conference.
Obviously you and I don't have to explain ourselves in front of television cameras when our bets are going badly.
We need to explain ourselves in terms that non-library people understand.
Sometimes I wonder whether Muslims will ever be viewed as American without having to defend or explain ourselves.