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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"I tried to explain to them the noises I could hear because I can't explain to someone what it actually sounds like.
"It's really difficult to explain to someone who hasn't necessarily been a minority, how it feels to be a minority and take offense to something that a lot of people will see as just a bit of banter.
Instead of trying to explain to someone why their feelings are uninformed or illogical, they accept them and work on solutions to make the individual see things with more clarity without inferring that their emotions are making them seem 'weak.'
Its hard to explain to someone who isnt on the farm every day how small changes and new innovations can make a huge difference, not only for our farming business, but also the local community and environment as well, said Hill.
Harassment is a complicated process to explain to someone else.
A few nagging doubts remain - should you explain to someone the party is over?
It's a bit of a cliche, but I find it's the easiest way to explain to someone my feelings of being trapped and keeping my thoughts hidden.
I love being able to explain to someone how their insurance works and how it can and will help their family.
You can imagine how hard it is to use sign language to explain to someone deaf words such as 'grace' or 'resurrection'.
You have no one to talk to about being in a situation or being in the field - sometimes that is hard to explain to someone who hasn't played to the level we're playing at."
"Peoples' constant need for meat is destroying the world and it's very upsetting when you try to explain to someone what is going and all they tell you is that they can't do anything about it," he said.
This could be impossible to explain to someone who has been deaf since birth, the study noted.
Or maybe he could explain to someone who has spent a lifetime in a home in one area why a sofa bed is the solution to the heartache and difficulties they face moving somewhere entirely new.