excuse (one) for (something)

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: excuse, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Over and over again the students were reminded in those first years--and are reminded now--that people would excuse us for our poverty, for our lack of comforts and conveniences, but that they would not excuse us for dirt.
Traddles to excuse us for a minute, requested me to follow her.
Excuse us for one instant, gentlemen.' Hurrying on in this way, Mr.
Excuse us for niggling, but there's a bigger point to be made with our seemingly trivial nota bene today: For days now, we've been watching the evening news on TV, and note that a lady newscaster has recently taken to wearing an all too obvious set of false eyelashes while she's reporting the news.
Excuse us for having a few days away after a long hard season."?
EXCUSE us for sounding cynical, but if energy firms are cutting prices, then it's not out of the good of their hearts.
And please excuse us for having enough intelligence to see the insanity of putting our money in savings at one or two percent while inflation steals it at five or 10.
"It doesn't excuse us for not being sharp enough when the delivery was made, but it shouldn't have been Charlton's ball.
We have been lead blindly down the alley before, so excuse us for being hesitant in doing so again.
He should excuse us for reaching a different conclusion after the comments he made.
"We were in complete control up until half time, but that doesn't excuse us for the way it turned out.
Please excuse us for blowing our own trumpet, but racingpostpoker.com is out to change that and provide racing fans with a comfortable online environment in which they can take on other turf aficionados over the green baize, writes Tom Boyle (Racing Post online poker editor).
For good measure, the House also gave approval to a bill creating a 21-member Massachusetts Food Policy Council to "enhance the economic viability of Massachusetts agriculture." Excuse us for saying so, but isn't that what farmers, markets and consumers do every day?
And excuse us for introducing a sceptical note into the proceedings but we are professional communicators too.
We would like to thank you for your patience and hope that your first issue of the IPU will come as a pleasant surprise, that you will find it worth waiting for, and that you will excuse us for the delay.