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the beginnings of trying to explain the fault of a situation, or trying to get out of blame for a bad situation
Uncle Phil: How did Carlton get a hold of those speed pills?!!
Fresh Prince: Ya see, what had happened was...
by Nikki November 04, 2004
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Phrase often heard at the beginning of a fictitious tale typically offered as an excuse for inappropriate, unprofessional or otherwise suspect behavior.
Tonisha: "Tyrone,lemme aks you a question...how come when I called you last night at 11PM you didn't pick up yo' phone!?"

Tyrone: "Oh, last night...last night...oh, what had happened was my grandmoms had called, talkin' bout she wet her bed again and I had to drive all da way out to Jersey to wash 'da sheets."

Tonisha: "So why didn't you pick up your phone?"

Tyrone: "Why you trippin? I just told you why. Damn!"
by DenDada December 22, 2006
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I'm telling you what I want you to think happened and taking my precious time so that it comes out believable.
I'm saying...what had happened was... I took a wrong turn... and...
by Mangus January 30, 2004
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A term commonly used when you are about to speak total bullshit for the next few moments. The statement after the phrase may be true, but the statement is irrelevant and doesn't apply to the situation

Saying this phrase to someone such as a teacher or significant other, will get you in trouble because by now they know this phrase. Saying it around your friends will cause them to laugh if you are seriously about to lie. They know it, I know it, your mom, dad, uncle, dog, and second cousin twice removed all know you're going to lie.
***You are in the principles officer after sleeping late and you recall yesterday you had a flat tire***

Principle: Little Jimmy, why were you late again this morning.

Little Jimmy: Well... uh.. you see what had happened was... was that I had a flat tire and I could not make it to school on time because I cannot drive with a flat tire.
by Mahgnittoc June 02, 2010
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explination of dire circumstances; to really get your point across
Sharon:You hooked up with him?
Lani:See, what happened was...
by Sarah January 17, 2004
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