Excuse me

Definitions

  • EXCUSE ME, GUV'NOR, BUT WHEN YOU'VE FINISHED
    EXCUSE ME, GUV'NOR, BUT WHEN YOU'VE FINISHED
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Excuse me an expression used as an apology for any slight impropriety, or for controverting a statement that has been made
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excusāreex, from, causa, a cause, accusation.

Usage

In literature:

D. Dear Madam, excuse me.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
And now I shall have to ask you to excuse me.
"The Grafters" by Francis Lynde
Excuse my impertinence, but you don't love me and you never will love me, I suppose?
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
Excuse me, Mrs. Perkins; but really you must get that phrase right.
"The Bicyclers and Three Other Farces" by John Kendrick Bangs
You'll excuse me, Mr. Belford: I ought to rise to thank you for all your kindness to me.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
I beg you will excuse me.
"Ethelyn's Mistake" by Mary Jane Holmes
Excuse me, Mary, won't you?
"The Precipice" by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
But the sad necessity I am reduced to must excuse me.
"Clarissa, Or The History Of A Young Lady, Volume 8" by Samuel Richardson
Pray excuse me for saying this, but it is best to be open.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
You really must excuse me, Mr.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
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In poetry:

Hadst thou not thus my love abused,
And used me ne'er so ill,
Thy cruelty I had excused,
And I had loved thee still.
"Songs Set To Music: 15. Set" by Matthew Prior
Isaac, with humble powers, was seen
Employ'd to pacify the Queen.
"The pressing case was his excuse;
He hop'd the Queen would not refuse.
Her pardon begg'd agen, agen."
"Vell, me vill tink upon it den."
"Preferment" by William Hutton
"Ah, wot's the use?" she sez. "Lea' me alone!
Why can't I go to 'ell in my own way?
I never arst you 'ere to mag an' moan.
Nor yet," she sez, "to pray.
I'll take wot's comin', an' whine no excuse.
So wot's the use?
"Rose" by C J Dennis
"Shall not the Fashioner command His work?
And who am I, that, if He whisper, 'Rise,
Go forth upon Mine errand,' should reply,
'Lord, God, I love the woman and her sons,—I
love not scorning: I beseech Thee, God,
Have me excused.'"
"A Story Of Doom: Book I." by Jean Ingelow
As well as I am able, I'll relate how it befell,
And I trust, sirs, you'll excuse me, if I do not speak it well.
I've lived a hard and wandering life, serving our gracious Queen,
And have nigh forgot my schooling since a soldier I have been.
"The Wreck Of The Birkenhead," by Frances Anne Kemble
When, lo! Tom Smith he entered--his face lit up with grins
And Kate a-hangin' on his arm, as neat as a row of pins!
And Tom looked glad, but sheepish; and said, "Excuse me, Squire,
But I 'loped with Kate, and married her an hour before the fire."
"Out O’ The Fire" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

I truly cannot hear or understand what she's saying and have to respond with, "Excuse me".
This gives me an excuse to repost one of my favorite tables.
Downtown Size of Park: About the size of a large neighborhood park Crowds: Light Approximate Age of Patrons: Adults Topics of Conversation: Excuse me, officer, but where do I park.
Far from using words such as "thank you," "sorry" or "excuse me," there is a complete lack of respect for others' space or property.
'Excuse Me for Living' review: Shaggy tale.
My sister Molly recently moved to Singapore from Sydney, and for me it proved a great excuse for a trip.
And then you say, "Excuse me" very politely.
(MONEY Magazine) – On a rainy afternoon in April, I dropped into the record store--excuse me, CD store--across the street from my office in Manhattan.
You guys know me — I'll take any excuse to post some Wu Tang.
The so-called "fiscal cliff" is dominating the headlines, which is a great excuse for me to get on a soap box and discuss how to solve the nation's latest economic impasse with with Jeff, Justin, Ariel and all of the awesome 404 fans.
Now there is absolutely no excuse for me to make for not filling my elk tag.
' Excuse Me for Living' review: Shaggy tale.
It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breathtaking speed, against the backdrop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.
OK Bret, you have used the poor me excuse long enough, grow up and be a man.
Excuse me while I shake my head on the branding alone.
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In science:

Unfortunately I have not been able to attend the school. I want to express my thanks to the organizers for inviting me and also my excuses for not being there.
Sub-riemannian geometry from intrinsic viewpoint
Finally, I’d like to thank the Living Reviews editor, Theresa Velden, for being extraordinarily patient, and for putting up with many a feeble excuse from me during the writing of this longoverdue update.
Binary and Millisecond Pulsars at the New Millennium
Excuse me, but I mean that a masses of the real members of the particles families are defined by a father numbers with a precise h. I.e. denumerable many of a families exist.
A Piece of the Lepton Theory from a Probability
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