no offense

idiom

used before a statement to indicate that one does not want to cause a person or group to feel hurt, angry, or upset by what is about to be said
No offense, but I think you are mistaken.

Examples of no offense in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One person who took no offense to the tweet was Ben Shapiro. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2024 But beekeepers aren’t medical doctors, no offense to them. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, 21 Mar. 2024 No signal-caller is more elusive than Jackson, and Allen might have the strongest arm in the league (no offense, Aaron Rodgers), but Mahomes is the total package. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 24 Jan. 2024 Shortly after that song’s release, Pardi dropped his own diss record, which sounded like a third-grader being asked to read their slam poetry in front of the class (no offense to third-graders). Vulture, 26 Jan. 2024 Because in the end, honestly, and this is no offense to my husband who is a great dad, but women really stand for most of the child-rearing responsibility. Gillian Telling, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2023 With no offense to singer-songwriters Marin and Schillings, both friends of Shadowlight’s, the emotional high point of next Friday’s concert will come when Shadowlight takes the stage — albeit for reasons one wishes didn’t exist. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Oct. 2023 Intending no offense to the country, both young men paid a heavy price for their momentary lapse. Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Aug. 2023 Sunday’s practice was another light ramp-up session, no offense vs. defense or pads. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 24 July 2023

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“No offense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no%20offense. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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