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pardon me

1. I apologize for what I just did or said. Oh, pardon me! I wasn't looking where I was going.
2. What did you just say? Could you please repeat that? Pardon me? 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?"
4. Could you please give me your attention. Pardon me, everyone, but I'd like to get tonight's proceedings underway.
5. 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.
See also: pardon

ˌpardon ˈme

(spoken)
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
See also: pardon
References in periodicals archive ?
18, 1991, at 1; see also Pardon Me, LEGAL TIMES, Oct.