if you'll pardon the expression

if you'll pardon the expression

Fig. excuse the expression I am about to say or just said. This thing is—if you'll pardon the expression—loused up. I'm really jacked, if you'll pardon the expression.
See also: expression, if, pardon
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Peter said: "Mr Henry's tweet came completely out of the blue, if you'll pardon the expression.
It was almost worth it to see Richard Hills producing a passable impersonation of the ghost of Fred Archer, riding sore and stirrupless for the final furlong, but in the end he wasn't the only one who did his bollocks, if you'll pardon the expression.
Despite, if you'll pardon the expression, giant steps being taken to help us access public buildings and transport, there is still, as your story shows, a long way to go.
As I recall, what's so attractive about the idea is that it would relieve you - if you'll pardon the expression, vicar - of the burden of performance.
For instance, "romantic love" thrives on intimacy and passion, "fatuous love" features only passion and commitment, and "consummate love" encompasses all three prongs of affection, if you'll pardon the expression.
The main thrust, if you'll pardon the expression, is to get ten couples pregnant for the Millennium, when they will become a main attraction of New Year viewing.