explain yourself

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 someone has done something, usually something bad or wrong. Now that they caught me plagiarizing, I'm going to have to explain myself before a disciplinary committee.
3. expression Tell us why you've done something, usually something bad or wrong. Explain yourself—what could have possibly convinced you that it was OK to plagiarize your paper?
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.
See also: explain