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if you'll pardon the expression

Definition of if you'll pardon the expression in English:

Used to apologize for having used or being about to use coarse or offensive expressions: four of those years I spend in a bloody prison camp—if you’ll pardon the expression
More example sentences
  • Event number 4 was another text message saying that Jenny's guy had, if you'll pardon the expression, sealed the deal.
  • I was chomping on metaphorical toes, if you'll pardon the expression.
  • As the author explains, it is quite difficult to invest in sex through the public securities markets; most porn companies are privately held, if you'll pardon the expression.
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