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  • Sorry; said as an apology
  • (US) Polite expression to get someone to repeat

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. forgive me; excuse me; -- a phrase used also to express courteous denial or contradiction, or to request forgiveness for a mild transgression, such as bumping a person while passing.


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  • She said, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that the goldsmith’s wife cried out, “Allah pardon me and thee, and receive us into his holy keeping!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • O Allah, before whom the hearts of the wise abase themselves, O Allah, of Thy bene ficence accord to me the remission of my sins, adorn me with the curtain of Thy protection and pardon me my shortcomings, by the magnanimity of Thy

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • 'Can you pardon me then, when I tell you that when you were being tried for that crime, I had almost positive evidence that it was committed by Le Brun, and yet withheld it for the sake of prejudicing Miss Gardiner and her family against you?

    The Rivals: A Chickahominy Story

  • “The reader will pardon me the observation that Mr. Thistle was truly a valuable man, as a seaman, an officer, and a good member of society.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

  • Antonia had to pop over to Cape Cod now and again – the seat of werewolf power, pardon me while I snigger – and tend to pack business.

    Undead and Unworthy

  • I trust your good nature with the whole range of my follies, and really love you so well, that I would rather you should pardon me than esteem me; since one is an act of goodness and benevolence, the other a kind of constrained deference.

    Selected English Letters

  • One day, I will never forget, he said, Paula, pardon me for interferin’, and you won’t believe this, but I had what I think you’re sufferin’ from—like when your heart runs away with you?

    It Ain’t All About the Cookin’

  • Quoth I, O thou Ifrit, it would besit thee to pardon me even as the Envied pardoned the

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • "I appreciate that, and I hope you'll pardon me for asking this: how do you propose to banish the ghosts of Water Oaks Plantation if you can't even rid yourself of the ghost of an old flame?"

    New Race


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