explain away - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyexplain away
he/she/itexplains away
present participleexplaining away
past tenseexplained away
past participleexplained away
  1. to tell someone about something in a way that makes them think it is unimportant, so that they do not ask questions about it

    She made up stories to explain away the missing money.

See also main entry: explain