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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References in classic literature ?
They took advantage of this fact to explain to them that this distance was obtained by measuring the parallax of the moon.
"We try to explain to them prior [to negotiating] that it's a different process," says Joseph, the Ohio union representative.