To explain away

to get rid of by explanation.
- Pope.

See also: Explain

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
I have nothing to defend, or to explain away. The truth is the truth; and neither childish absurdities, nor unscrupulous contradictions, can make it otherwise.
His next concern is to explain away the air of paradox, for James was never wilfully paradoxical.
I could not desert old Raffles, even when I would, but must try to explain away his mask as well, if he had not the sense to take it off in time.
Mr Adams has apologised, and he certainly won't be the last Twitter user forced to explain away social media utterances.
CAMERON tries to explain away his father's dodgy dealings, saying he hasn't benefited.
The scumbag tried to explain away his vile actions by claiming it was his victims' fault.
Will this be the method used by the new health chiefs to explain away the dire problems of the North Wales Health Service by transferring the blame of their incompetence to those entitled to make use of this facility?
Whenever things go seriously wrong and kids get abused and hurt, social services just take what they are told to explain away those burns and bruises without a second thought.
THE former abattoir worker accused of murdering schoolgirl April Jones made up a "story" that he had killed her in a car accident in a bid to explain away his role in the killing, a court heard yesterday.
Offering up excuses that the football pundit industry is "clubby and boorish" in an attempt to explain away such sexist comments is unacceptable.
Mr Hancock tries to explain away Biblical 'faults' by putting them down to mistranslation, but he could only know they were mistranslations if he had an original draft to compare against.
Those who are persuaded by this argument need to explain away appearances of indeterminacy.