Could be forgiven for - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
(one) could be forgiven for (doing something) (redirected from could be forgiven for)
(one) could be forgiven for (doing something)
It is completely understandable that one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this country could be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You could be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes for the last five years.
he, she, etc. could/might be forgiven for doing something used to say that it is easy to understand why somebody does or thinks something, although they are wrong: Looking at the crowds out shopping, you could be forgiven for thinking that everyone has plenty of money to spend.
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LIVERPUDLIAN Angela Scales could be forgiven for
being more nervous than most as HMS Ark Royal sets sail.