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 ?
"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.
"Beg pardon; of course, only a joke, you know," said Haley, forcing a laugh.
It is better that the PM Niazi should accept his defeat and beg pardon from the masses.
It is better that the prime minister Niazi accept his defeat and beg pardon from the masses.
'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.
Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient."
In a statement issued here on Friday, Pervez Khattak said that he had already beg pardon in court and again apologizes from nation.
It was further decided that Akbar Mirani's side will beg pardon after going at the door of his opponent as they committed more murders and also pay balance amount of fine to 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. State Minister for Interior said that it was mere an experimental exercise and conducted in a natural environment.
Field Sport wrote: "A new man - beg pardon, a flag - floated on the old staff, bearing the letters, L.F.A.
Dubbing Sharif brothers as Shar brother he said that they would soon flee to Jeddah, saying that PPP leadership never beg pardon from any dictator and fled to Saudi Arabia.
Finally, to the gullible, myopic His Honour Judge Raymond Plonker - beg pardon, Plunkett!