excuse (one) for (something)

excuse (one) for (something)

To forgive one for something, often a minor indiscretion. Please excuse me for my lateness—the traffic was really bad tonight.
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excuse someone for something

to pardon someone for something or for (doing) something. Please excuse me for this mess. I've not been able to clean the house. I can't excuse myself for not doing it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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