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    Default Excuse Away

    In conversation, I heard this being said:

    "He tried to excuse away his misbehavior."

    How is "excuse away" different from "excuse"?

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    Default Re: Excuse Away

    Excuse expresses the meaning perfectly, and away is superfluous. I have never heard "excuse away" where I live (northeastern North America.)

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