It was bizarre, say students—even for a professor who gets off (excuse the pun) on controversy.
Instead of saying, “excuse me, could you please pass me the water?”
Wounded severely in his right leg in an airstrike two years ago, Ziad has an excuse for not enlisting.
But as a true anti-bullying champion will tell you, a bully is no less a bully simply because his victim seeks to excuse him.
Presidents' Day, a patriotic holiday for most, is just an excuse for some Wingnuts to ask God to kill Barack Obama.
excuse me for insinuating by this expression, that there may yet be amongst you some novices.
I'm so agitated by recent events, that, that—indeed you must excuse me.
"There'll be no excuse if any one gets near the house without my permission," he snarled.
excuse me, my dear friend, for these grave soliloquies, as I may call them.
There would be some excuse for one of my attainments feeling proud.
early 13c., "attempt to clear (someone) from blame," from Old French escuser (12c., Modern French excuser) "apologize, make excuses; pardon, exonerate," from Latin excusare "excuse, make an excuse for, release from a charge," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + causa "accusation, legal action" (see cause).
Meaning "to obtain exemption or release" is from mid-15c.; that of "to accept another's plea of excuse" is from early 14c. Excuse me as a mild apology or statement of polite disagreement is from c.1600.
late 14c., "action of offering an apology," from Old French excuse, from excuser (see excuse (v.)). The sense of "that serves as a reason for being excused" is recorded from late 15c.
A version or example of: He's a rotten excuse for a lawyer (1940s+)