beg pardon

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I beg your pardon

1. I apologize for what I just did or said. Oh, I beg your pardon. I wasn't looking where I was going.
2. What did you just say? Could you please repeat that? I beg your pardon, I couldn't quite hear you.
3. An expression or exclamation of indignation or incredulous disbelief. A: "I'm afraid we're going to have to cut your funding, effective immediately." B: "I beg your pardon? Who on earth decided that?"
4. Could you please give me your attention. I beg your pardon, everyone, but I'd like to get tonight's proceedings underway.
5. I believe you are mistaken or incorrect; I beg to differ; I don't agree with you on that. I beg your pardon, but I believe you'll find that our school is actually one of the best in the state.
See also: beg, pardon

beg (someone's) pardon

Used to introduce a polite request.
See also: beg, pardon
References in classic literature ?
No, madam," answered Mrs Miller, "and I must beg pardon for intruding upon you.
Laurie and I are both so proud, it's hard to beg pardon.
The custom-house officers at New York were not men likely to pick out a pocket-handkerchief from a gentleman's--I beg pardon, from a colonel's--wardrobe, and I passed unnoticed among sundry other of my employer's speculations.
Why, they are NOT in 'statu quo'--but in a 'semper eadem'--I beg pardon, do you understand Latin?
Yet all these appearances have been given -- I beg pardon -- will be given -- by the learned of future ages, to the Ashimah of the Syrians.
I opened my mouth to say something or other; I tried to beg pardon, but could not.
I beg pardon, your Majesty,' he began, `for bringing these in: but I hadn't quite finished my tea when I was sent for.
I beg pardon, ma'am," said Haley, bowing slightly, with a still lowering brow; "but still I say, as I said before, this yer's a sing'lar report.
I beg pardon for asking; but I should like to hear how she is
Sancho made a bag of his coat, and, getting together as much as he could, and as the bag would hold, he loaded his beast, and then hastened to obey his master's call, and helped him to remove the bachelor from under the mule; then putting him on her back he gave him the torch, and Don Quixote bade him follow the track of his companions, and beg pardon of them on his part for the wrong which he could not help doing them.
If I am proved wrong then I shall beg pardon from the nation and leave the politics arena for once and for all.
MNA Munazza Hasan said it if any mistake was committed by the government then the government must beg pardon.
Field Sport wrote: "A new man - beg pardon, a flag - floated on the old staff, bearing the letters, L.
From the depth of heart, I beg pardon from my remarks against Pakistan, the establishment including Gen Raheel Sharif and DG Rangers, he said in a statement shared on Twitter by MQM spokesperson Wasay Jalil.