Can I be excused?

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Can I be excused?

A request to leave something in particular, often the dinner table. OK, I ate all of my vegetables—can I be excused now?
See also: can
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Could I be excused?

Would you give me permission to leave?; Would you give me permission to leave the table? (Also used with can or may in place of could.) Bill: I'm finished, Mom. Could I be excused? Mother: Yes, of course, when you use good manners like that.
See also: could
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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