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 ?
Religion alone can explain to us what without its help man cannot comprehend: why, for what cause, kind and noble beings able to find happiness in life- not merely harming no one but necessary to the happiness of others- are called away to God, while cruel, useless, harmful persons, or such as are a burden to themselves and to others, are left living.
On the island at our right was the machine they call the Nilometer, a stone-column whose business it is to mark the rise of the river and prophecy whether it will reach only thirty-two feet and produce a famine, or whether it will properly flood the land at forty and produce plenty, or whether it will rise to forty-three and bring death and destruction to flocks and crops--but how it does all this they could not explain to us so that we could understand.
We demand that they explain to us the mystery behind selling our coffee without our involvement and why last year's payment was low,' she said.The farmers expressed fears that there could have been a choreographed move to sell their produce secretly and in return be told that the coffee was stolen.
Perhaps the BBC could explain to us why this is so.
GJ, Glasgow COULD reader Hamish Leishman explain to us all how the SNP can do more than they're doing with a shrinking budget from Westminster?
The fellows that have been apprehended are trying to explain to us what Google Translate is," he continued."Trying to make fools out of us.
but at least he should explain to us why he does not appear in the hearing,' he said.
I never expected it but we hope Knec will explain to us why it took the decision," said Midam.
WHILE fulminating against Paul Brannen's "cosseted lifestyle" in the European Parliament, I wonder whether your correspondent Peter Curtis (Journal Letters, May 5) could explain to us why Nigel Farage and his acolytes have, for many years now, continued to share that same cosseted lifestyle courtesy of an institution which they - and Mr Curtis - despise.
Another tweet said: "My friends at PES, perhaps you should also explain to us how your values and ideals are compatible to those of @NicholasPapadop .
aI, personally, think that in order for us to say God Day!, they have to explain to us what the real reasons were for the failure of the negotiations with ABV.
She said: "If that is Government policy, explain to us that the British Government did seek compensation, quite rightly, for the murder of Wpc Yvonne Fletcher which was paid by the Libyan authorities, and did also seek compensation for the Lockerbie victims?
Most of us don't have a friend like Arjun to explain to us about sanatana dharma, varnas, samskaras, and atman, but Cameron's Hindu pal shows him that we only fear what we don't know.
Go ahead, explain to us the reasons, I am sure we will listen.