Definition of excuse me in US English:

excuse me


  • 1Said politely in various contexts, for example when attempting to get someone's attention, asking someone to move so that one may pass, or interrupting or disagreeing with a speaker.

    • ‘Excuse me for interrupting, Amy, this is Jack Cafferty.’
    • ‘They are all up in my personal space so I say excuse me and move away but they keep looking at me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now, excuse me for butting in like this, Germaine, but, putting this politely, albeit, bluntly: is this really true?’
    • ‘The last hole looked out to a torture chamber - excuse me - an interrogation room.’
    • ‘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 in 99% of cases with the subway as packed as it was someone would enter, say excuse me and make her move her bag.’
    1. 1.1North American Said when asking 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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