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mea culpa

  (humorous)
something that you say in order to admit that something is your fault 'Tim, do you know why the back door was unlocked when I came home?' 'Mea culpa. I'm sorry - it won't happen again.'
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At a time when the Government is struggling to agree its message, let alone get that message across, a mea culpa provides something of a fresh start.
With Romania joining the EU in January, Washington claims a mea culpa, and is consulting on imposing retaliatory duties or quotas.
To date, there are six top-shelf eateries, of which a standout is Mea Culpa, distinguished by its colonial architecture and baroque decor.
But if Banning and Gurley were expected to issue a tearful mea culpa and slink away, that's not what happened.
In 2004, we witnessed the ascension to Palme d'Or lore of Fahrenheit 9/11, a noisy and welcome cinematic mea culpa about America and its foreign policy by the pre-eminent American shit-disturber, loudmouth or vulgar populist (take your pick), Michael Moore.
Richard Clarke's mea culpa to the nation and the families of 9/11 confused many people.
She pleads mea culpa and returns all the money that the team had earned, forfeits all the games they had won, takes down all the banners in the gym, and, if memory serves us, puts the current team on probation.
An environmentalist mea culpa would be a start, but in the United States; at least, nothing short of congressional hearings or an executive order from the Bush administration is likely to spur USAID to change its ways.
When state trustees reacted angrily to top-down mandates, he issued a mea culpa and slowed plans enough to patch relations.
The mea culpa from Val Stone, an assistant court administrator in Snohomish County, Washington, after she found that a recorded phone message mistakenly told 160 prospective jurors to report for duty at 5 a.
We have no need to mea culpa when we have little to mea culpa about.
For their part, Catherine Belsey ("Love in Venice," 1992), Phyllis Rackin (on the engendering of Shakespeare's audiences, 1993), Gabriele Bernhard Jackson (on Shakespeare's Joan of Arc, 1988) assiduously attend to multiple uncertainties and indeterminacies in the historical/ideological conditions governing the production of gender identities; Ann Thompson (on reading The Tempest, 1991), and Carol Thomas Neely (in her essay on Othello prepared for this volume), both by way of mea culpa, situate questions of gender and sexual difference within the broader discourse of European imperialism.
Nevertheless, mea culpa, I am some months late in delivering this review to the Journal essentially because of my ingrained habit of using my evening and weekend time at home for such tasks as reading the works which I am reviewing.
The corporation, however, must learn to distinguish between those events which call for a frank mea culpa and those which are truly minor, in the mind of the public and press.
Turning back to MOT, I have a bit of a mea culpa to admit.