explain (someone or something) to (one)

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explain (someone or something) to (one)

To attempt to improve one's understanding of someone or something through explanation. Please explain Claire to me because I can't understand some of the wacky things she's done. Can you explain this chapter to me? I just don't get it.
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explain someone or something to someone

to give information or instruction about someone or something to someone. Please explain it to me. Can you explain Andrew to me?
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He seemed almost frantic in his efforts to explain something to her.
By various gestures he seemed to be trying to explain something to her and at last she caught at the germ of his idea--that her white man was a prisoner there.
Last year, I had noted down a few points on paper to explain something to Jagan and that is why I went closer to him at the airport.
My footing was off by now - I had come expecting a hard encounter, one with an intimidating Russian who would explain something to me about Francis and perhaps I would leave somewhat less of a man than I had arrived, but I had taken solace in the fact I was expected to make my own way out there, and had not been either fetched or tumbled into the back of that Bentley against my will.
Arelys Arenas, a veteran sixth grade maths teacher at South Bronx Prep, who began using the Family Playlists in 2016, recalled, "When I first started with this, my students used to say, 'I can't imagine teaching my father." But, she added: "When a kid has a chance to go home and explain something to their parent, they really learn it.
President, let me explain something to you' -- this was during dessert -- 'we've just fired 59 missiles.'"
It's when a man condescendingly tries to explain something to a woman.
Jeremy, who has three children with Carla, 41 - Henry, Alice and Ava - as well as Harriet from a former marriage, said: "Let me explain something to you.
"He was always the one with the most football intelligence - you'd explain something to him and he'd know exactly what was wanted.
They were the type of people who would put aside their work for a few minutes to explain something to me or review my work.
SCOTT HURLSTON, Middlesbrough * * * I WONDER if the Labour councillors for Middlehaven can explain something to me please?
"It's really cool when you can explain something to them and they really get it."
"An ambulance car driver attempted to explain something to a traffic police officer, but unsuccessfully.
The amount of players I have dealt with over the years when you try to explain something to them at the time, they can be a wee bit selfish.
One of the best ways to explain something to a small child is through picture books.