Definition of I beg your pardon or North American pardon me in English:

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I beg your pardon (or North American pardon me)

1Used to express polite apology: I beg your pardon for intruding
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  • We don't know precisely what happened - pardon me - OK, my apology.
  • 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.
  • ‘Oops, pardon me,’ she excused herself from a conversation with Michael and Mr. Fincher and stepped outside the door.
1.1Used to indicate that one has not heard or understood something: I beg your pardon—I’m afraid I didn’t catch that
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  • Now, the three of them are Pakistani or four of them are Pakistani, or of Pakistani descent, pardon me?
1.2Used to express one’s anger or indignation at what someone has just said: ‘I beg your pardon!,’ Beecham snapped
See parent entry: pardon
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