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.
See also: explain
References in classic literature ?
though the sense of the question is vague to me) she falls into the trap, and the words explain themselves in her replies.
The framework of bones being the same in the hand of a man, wing of a bat, fin of the porpoise, and leg of the horse,--the same number of vertebrae forming the neck of the giraffe and of the elephant,--and innumerable other such facts, at once explain themselves on the theory of descent with slow and slight successive modifications.
The charms explain themselves as an inevitable product of primitive superstition; the ballads probably first sprang up and developed, among all races, in much the following way.
All the fictions of the Middle Age explain themselves as a masked or frolic expression of that which in grave earnest the mind of that period toiled to achieve.
They refuse to explain themselves, and are content that new actions should do them that office.
The person has to be given notification in good time of the reason or reasons why the passport might be withdrawn so that they can appear before the government agency concerned to explain themselves.
Drawing on case studies of five individuals, Clark examines how they used or rejected the notion of the unique self, how they reinterpreted philosophy, religion, classics, novels, poetry, and science to explain themselves in their secret writings such as diaries and notebooks.
Two colleges in Lahore, one in Karachi asked to explain themselves in writing
One social media user who attacked dove was makeup artist Nay the Mua by saying: Dove recognized their fault right away, and took to social media to apologize and to explain themselves.
Both men could be required to help police further with their enquiries, and they will certainly have to explain themselves fully to Tim O'Gorman, the former Derbyshire batsman turned solicitor who heads up the discipline commission.
The UK Government should now do the right thing before they're dragged to court to explain themselves again.
This means 30 mines need to explain themselves within 'seven days, after which a final decision will be made,' Lopez said in a press briefing.
Regardless of the exact nature of wrong doing levelled at any councillor, it is imperative that the individuals involved are given ample time and opportunity to explain themselves fully before snap judgements or calls for resignations from the council leadership are publicly voiced.
Now Martyn, who purchased the cherry yoghurt from the store on South Lane in Elland while visiting daughter Laura, 22, in Brighouse last weekend, is calling on the store to explain themselves.
Therefore women need to find a way to explain themselves to men--not to start another war between the sexes but to find a way for all to live together in peace.