explain\ oneself

v. phr.
1. To make your meaning plainer; make your first statement clear.

When we didn't understand Fritz, he went on to explain himself.

2. To give a good reason for something you did or failed to do which seems wrong.

When Jack brought Mary home at three o'clock in the morning, her father asked him to explain himself.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • explain oneself — {v. phr.} 1. To make your meaning plainer; make your first statement clear. * /When we didn t understand Fritz, he went on to explain himself./ 2. To give a good reason for something you did or failed to do which seems wrong. * /When Jack brought …   Dictionary of American idioms

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