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1. . to forgive someone. (Usually with me. Said when interrupting or when some other minor offense has been committed. There are many mannerly uses of this expression.) John came in late and said, "Excuse me, please." John said "excuse me" when he interrupted our conversation. When John made a strange noise at the table, he said quietly, "Excuse me." John suddenly left the room saying, "Excuse me. I'll be right back."
2. to permit someone to leave; to permit someone to remain away from an event. The coach excused John from practice yesterday. The teacher excused John, and he ran quickly from the room.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
- a bad excuse is better than none
- bad excuse is better than none
- Can I be excused?
- Can you excuse us, please?
- Could I be excused?
- Could you excuse us, please?
- excuse (one) for (something)
- excuse (one) from (something)
- excuse for
- excuse from
- Excuse me
- Excuse me for breathing!
- Excuse me for living!
- excuse my French
- excuse you
- excuse, please
- excuse/pardon my French
- he who excuses himself accuses himself
- if you'll excuse the expression
- ignorance is no excuse
- ignorance of the law excuses no one
- ignorance of the law is no excuse
- ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it
- May I be excused?
- Pardon my French
- pardon/excuse my French
- Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
- use (someone or something) as an excuse (for something)
- use as an excuse
- Well, pardon me for living!
- Will you excuse us, please?
- Will/Would you excuse me(, please)?
- Would you excuse me?
- you should excuse the expression
- you're excused