Definition of alibi :
The plea or mode of defense under which a person on trial for a crime proves or attempts to prove that he was in another place when the alleged act was committed; as, to set up an alibi; to prove an alibi.
pretext (part of speech: noun)
- Or he may have decided to arrange a convincing alibi, and creep away, leaving the discovery to another. - "Max Carrados", Ernest Bramah.
- And two out of three you mention were inside The Manor when the second shot was fired, so can prove an alibi. - "Red Money", Fergus Hume.
- Maybe you want to frame up an alibi for him? - "The Mardi Gras Mystery", H. Bedford-Jones.