Definition of I beg your pardon in English:

I beg your pardon

(North American pardon me)


  • 1Used to express polite apology.

    ‘I beg your pardon for intruding’
    • ‘Oh, pardon me, I'm not too coordinated, I'm afraid.’
    • ‘It was stupid, I have no excuse, and I beg your pardon.’
    • ‘We don't know precisely what happened - pardon me - OK, my apology.’
    • ‘And that's exactly the fish we can expect to catch with our thoroughly feminine lure - pardon me, madam.’
    • ‘‘Oops, pardon me,’ she excused herself from a conversation with Michael and Mr. Fincher and stepped outside the door.’
    • ‘In need of emotional support, Aidan clung to Ellen's hand and carefully maneuvered through the sea of tables, saying, ‘Excuse me, pardon me,’ left and right.’
    • ‘I am sorry, I beg your pardon - it is not referred to in the prospectus.’
    • ‘Right, I thought it was magnifying, I beg your pardon, I am sorry.’
    • ‘I beg your pardon Sir, please excuse me.’
    • ‘He basically offers surety, your Honour - I am sorry, Cummins - I beg your pardon, your Honour, I am thinking ahead.’
    what did you say, what, eh, i beg your pardon, beg pardon, sorry, excuse me, say again
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    1. 1.1 Used to indicate that one has not heard or understood something.
      ‘I beg your pardon—I'm afraid I didn't catch that’
      • ‘Now, the three of them are Pakistani or four of them are Pakistani, or of Pakistani descent, pardon me?’
    2. 1.2 Used to express one's anger or indignation at what someone has just said.
      ‘‘I beg your pardon!,’ Beecham snapped’