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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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?
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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But if in the course of conversation I remark casually, 'Did he find bilbie?' or 'Was that quite silvendy?' (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.
"Then let them explain themselves; you should give the father a hint, you are so intimate with the family."
Hence Plato said that "poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand." 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.
Mersch says that "Depending on Libra's level of acceptance and on the referencing of the euro in its reserve basket, it could reduce the ECB's control over the euro, impair the monetary policy transmission mechanism by affecting the liquidity position of euro area banks, and undermine the single currency's international role." He added that Libra is "scheduled for release in the first half of 2020 by the very same people who had to explain themselves in front of legislators in the United States and the European Union on the threats to our democracies resulting from their handling of personal data on their social media platform." [Reference Link]:[https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ecb-policy-libra/facebooks-libra-could-undercut-ecbs-powers-mersch-idUSKCN1VN0H0?utm_source=reddit.com]
He said the alleged suspects were not given the opportunity to explain themselves but were killed by the vigilantes and their bodies subsequently set ablaze.
If the Fed cuts rates even further at a rapid pace, it will need to "explain themselves to the history books," Rupkey said.
Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa wants leftists groups tagged as behind the disappearance of some student-activists to appear in the Senate and explain themselves in the next hearing.
"By this judgment, I have opined that whereas limitation of time may not be strictly applied, parties coming to court 10 years after the opening up of the floodgates of justice must explain themselves," said the High Court.
We would perhaps be more prepared to allow referees a little leeway if they admitted mistakes or at least tried to explain themselves.
Sa akin lang, kung may narco-list, dapat din na mayroon reason kung bakit ka nasali sa narco-list so that mabigyan yung mga tao na nandoon to explain themselves."
It is time they explain themselves to the people,' he said.
MINISTERS should be forced to explain themselves to MPs if policies go wrong - even if they are no longer in office, according to a think-tank.