For those of us who care about Israel, there's a temptation to ignore or to try to explain away this ugliness.
First, the Texas governor will have to explain away the manifold gaffes and failures from his last presidential campaign.
Hillary Clinton and other Dems spent much of 2008 trying to explain away their vote to authorize the Iraq War.
Instead, Gingrich is tying himself in knots trying to explain away his comments.
Now one might explain away the insubordination as standard trash talk among stressed-out warriors.
But the aspect of the Hall's interior was hard to explain away.
She has to account for her father: to explain away, if possible, her grandfather.
This in itself is a remarkable stride in advance, which the Separatist will find difficult to explain away.
Why should we seek to explain away all the beautiful things of life?
There is a new safeguard of the self-respecting dramatist which no amount of improvising for or against will explain away.
early 15c., from Latin explanare "to make level, smooth out;" also "to explain, make clear" (see explanation).
Originally explane, spelling altered by influence of plain. Also see plane (v.2). In 17c., occasionally used more literally, of the unfolding of material things: Evelyn has buds that "explain into leaves" ["Sylva, or, A discourse of forest-trees, and the propagation of timber in His Majesties dominions," 1664]. Related: Explained; explaining; explains.