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excuse me - definition and synonyms

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  1. 1
    used for politely getting someone’s attention

    Excuse me, do you know what time it is?

  2. 3
    used for showing you are sorry for interrupting someone

    Excuse me, but there’s a phone call for you.

  3. 5
    used for politely telling someone you are leaving

    Excuse me for a moment – I have to make a phone call.

  4. 6
    used for politely disagreeing with someone

    Excuse me, but I never said I’d pay for everything.

  5. 7
    mainly American used for asking someone to repeat something

    ‘How old are you?’ ‘Excuse me?’

See also main entry: excuse
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