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1. I apologize for what I just did or said. Oh, pardon! I wasn't looking where I was going. I didn't realize what I said was offensive—pardon me!
2. What did you just say? Could you please repeat that? Pardon? I couldn't quite hear you.
3. An expression or exclamation of indignation or incredulous disbelief. A: "I'm afraid we're going to have to cut your funding, effective immediately." B: "Pardon me? Who on earth decided that?" A: "I've got a new opportunity that I'd like to pursue." B: "Pardon? If I didn't know better, I'd think you were saying that you want to quit!"
1. Could you please give me your attention. Pardon me, everyone, but I'd like to get tonight's proceedings underway.
2. I believe you are mistaken or incorrect; I beg to differ; I don't agree with you on that. Pardon me, but I believe you'll find that our school is actually one of the best in the state.
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1 (especially American English) used to ask somebody to repeat something because you did not hear it or do not understand it: ‘You look miles away.’ ‘Pardon me?’
2 used by some people to say ‘sorry’ when they have accidentally made a rude noise or done something wrong
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