explain yourself

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?
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 ?
If, on the other hand, you tell me that there are reasons (known to yourself, though unknown to me) for not taking the course I propose, I will accept that intimation without troubling you, unless you wish it, to explain yourself further.
Men, you say, are too gross to feel a pure friendship; in the first place, please to explain yourself on this point.
Since you explain yourself with such frankness, it is our duty to be frank, likewise.
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A lot of people will be saying "you don't have to explain yourself, don't feel like you have to do this" etc, I know I don't, but I am and I want to.
After that, the speaker/daughter concludes the poem by identifying the particular disagreement between her mother and herself as a mild form of intolerance, a particular instance of a more general principle, which the poem formulates from the point of view of the patient rather than the agent of intolerance: "It is always difficult to explain yourself / to the faithful.
Being in the public eye means having to explain yourself to so many people, so much of the time," she said.
After this, the 'Aquaman' actress shared photos on Instagram of the words 'give,' 'love',and 'joy' in rose petals and explained that she was speaking up because 'being in the public eye means having to explain yourself to so many people, so much of the time.
In a post shared on Instagram, Heard wrote: "Being in the public eye means having to explain yourself to so many people, so much of the time.
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While sometimes a word or phrase might feel appropriate for a business situation, more often than not, there are clearer ways to explain yourself.
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Sure, you should be called out on it and explain yourself why you deserve a high-level job when you have such a checkered past.
But then, you realize, you don't need to explain yourself to everybody because you can't please everyone.
One of the first rules of investing is don't invest in what you can't explain yourself.