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To give a reason or excuse for something

explain

verb

to give a reason for something that happens, especially when this is not easy to understand

argue

verb

to give reasons why you believe that something is right or true

excuse

verb

to provide a reason or explanation for something bad that someone has done, in order to make it seem less bad

answer to

to have to explain to someone why you did something

account for

to give an explanation for something bad that has happened, especially something that you are responsible for

plead

verb

to mention something as an excuse for doing or not doing something

answer

verb

to explain your actions to someone who has accused you of something

explain yourself

to tell someone who is angry with you why you did something

put down to

if you put something down to a particular reason, you think it has happened for that reason

explain away

to tell someone about something in a way that makes them think it is unimportant, so that they do not ask questions about it

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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very unpleasant or dirty

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dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

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