'scuse, please

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'scuse, please

1. A polite phrase used after one has done something that does not adhere to proper etiquette. (An informal shortening of "excuse, please.") Oh, ’scuse, please—didn't mean to bump into you, ma'am. ’Scuse, please! Gosh, I don't know what's making me so gassy today! Oh, ’scuse, please, this is my doctor calling—normally, I wouldn't answer the phone in the middle of dinner.
2. A phrase said when one is trying to pass through a crowded area. Hey, ’scuse, please—I have to get through with this cart. ’Scuse, please, outta the way! Oh, ’scuse, please, we need to squeeze past with our suitcases.
3. A polite phrase used to signal someone or get someone's attention. ’Scuse, please—I was wondering if you could help me with something. Ma'am? ’Scuse, please—which way to the A train? We need help over here! ’Scuse, please, officer—help!
See also: please
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