Definition of excuse me in English:

excuse me


  • 1Used as a polite apology in various contexts, such as when attempting to get someone's attention, asking someone to move so that one may pass, or interrupting a speaker.

    • ‘The last hole looked out to a torture chamber - excuse me - an interrogation room.’
    • ‘They are all up in my personal space so I say excuse me and move away but they keep looking at me.’
    • ‘Excuse me for interrupting, Amy, this is Jack Cafferty.’
    • ‘Excuse me, do you have this in a size nine and a half?’
    • ‘I was pulled passed bunches of people, yelling excuse me and avoiding swinging elbows.’
    • ‘Now, excuse me for butting in like this, Germaine, but, putting this politely, albeit, bluntly: is this really true?’
    • ‘Now in 99% of cases with the subway as packed as it was someone would enter, say excuse me and make her move her bag.’
    • ‘When he finished eating, he stood up with a small polite excuse me and placed his dish in the sink, quickly heading up to Wes' room.’
    1. 1.1North American Used to ask someone to repeat what they have just said.
      what did you say, what, eh, i beg your pardon, beg pardon, sorry, excuse me, say again
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