—used as a polite way of starting to say something
Excuse me, but do you mind if I shut the window?
—used as a polite way of starting to interrupt someone
Excuse me, but may I say something?
—used as a polite way of trying to get someone's attention
Excuse me, do you know where I can find Maple Street?
—used as a polite way of starting to say one disagrees with someone
Excuse me, but I don't think those figures are entirely accurate.
—used as a polite apology for a minor fault or offense, such as laughing, coughing, or burping
US—used as a polite apology for getting in someone's way or bumping into someone
Oh, excuse me. I didn't notice you standing there.
chiefly US—used as a polite way of asking someone to repeat something
Excuse me? I didn't hear the last part of what you were saying.
informal—often used in an annoyed way when someone has suggested that a person has done something wrong and the person does not agree
"You were supposed to be home an hour ago." "Well, excuse me! I had to fix a flat tire."
Examples of excuse me in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebTo be doing this where there really is so much camaraderie with women is so — excuse me, Jon — [cool].—Mesfin Fekadu, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2023 But of course, at the same time, any effort to strike a brutal and – or excuse me, to strike a blow against Hamas should be done consistent with clear objectives and should also be done in a way that protects innocent civilians, so –
But who will govern Gaza?—Nbc Universal, NBC News, 15 Oct. 2023 One Twitter—excuse me—X user even felt the need to drag Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn into the fray.—Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 7 Aug. 2023 The scene looked, for the most part, like a kid-friendly science fiction movie, a robot bazaar where the machines move slowly, say excuse me and execute limited tasks like picking up objects and dropping them.—Ben Ryder Howe Nic Antaya, New York Times, 29 July 2023 Sure, Nick Chubb is still the top dog -- excuse me, dawg -- in the room and one of the best backs in the league.—Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 12 July 2023 Turns out Ruby has a grandmother, er, excuse me, Grandmamah.—Kaely Monahan, The Arizona Republic, 28 June 2023 So the back has got to be able to play excuse me within the formation.—Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 18 Apr. 2023 See More
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