plausible excuse

See: alibi
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If there is a plausible excuse for the worship of men, then by all means let us forgive Rubens and his brethren.
He made a plausible excuse; but his real reason had been the fear that not even the secret would keep them with him any very great length of time, and so he had meant to hold it in reserve as a last seduction.
He could find no more plausible excuse than that for concealing his face in shadow from the scrutiny of the two men on either side of him.
An unresisting victim is not a pleasant thing; whether the murder is done decorously in the drawing- room, or brutally on the highway, there should be a struggle to give some plausible excuse for taking a life.
He begged hard, and said he couldn't play -- a plausible excuse, but too thin; there wasn't a musician in the country that could.
I wonder will he have the heart to find a plausible excuse for making love to Miss, when he told you he hated her?'
Their way led in the direction of his camp, so he had a ready and plausible excuse should they discover him; but they had not seen him for they had not turned their eyes behind.
A boy ought to have one spot to himself where he can keep his own little treasures." But always she had been met with a plausible excuse or a direct refusal.
I asked him afterwards, why he had done so, and he made a plausible excuse; but since last night, father, and when I remember the circumstances by its light, I am afraid I can imagine too truly what passed between them.'
She refused, without plausible excuse, to appear at a charity concert to which she had promised her assistance.
Specious arguments of danger to the common liberty could easily be contrived; plausible excuses for the deficiencies of the party could, without difficulty, be invented to alarm the apprehensions, inflame the passions, and conciliate the good-will, even of those States which were not chargeable with any violation or omission of duty.
Earlier this week, the North warned that inter-Korean dialogue won't resume unless the South offers a "plausible excuse" for its combined military exercise with the U.S.