n excuse f
→ That's no excuse!
→ I don't think he's really sick, I think it's just an excuse.
an excuse to do sth une excuse pour faire qch
→ Once I had had a baby I had the perfect excuse to stay at home.
an excuse not to do sth une excuse pour ne pas faire qch
→ He kept finding excuses not to go home.
There's no excuse for such behaviour. Un tel comportement est inexcusable.
to make an excuse trouver une excuse
→ I made some excuse and bolted for the exit.
→ If you stop making excuses and do it you'll wonder what took you so long.
to make excuses for sb trouver des excuses à qn
→ You shouldn't make excuses for him. He knew what he was doing.
[+behaviour] excuser, justifier
→ That doesn't excuse her behaviour.
[+person, behaviour] excuser
→ I could never excuse his bad manners.
to excuse sb for sth excuser qn pour qch
→ Please excuse us for our behaviour last night.
to excuse sb for doing sth (in present, future)
excuser qn de faire qch
→ Many people might have excused them for shirking some of their responsiblilites.
excuser qn d'avoir fait qch
→ He has been away so long, you must excuse him for forgetting
excuse me! excusez-moi!, pardon!
→ Excuse me, but are you Mr Honig?
excuse me please (in crowd)
excusez-moi, s'il vous plaît
Excuse me, can I squeeze past please? Excusez-moi, est-ce que je peux passer, s'il vous plaît?
excuse me? (US)
(=what did you say?) pardon?
now if you will excuse me, ... maintenant, si vous (le) permettez ...
→ Now if you'll excuse me, I've got work to do.
to excuse sb from sth [+activity, task] dispenser qn de qch
→ a medical certificate excusing him from court
to be excused from doing sth être dispensé (e) de faire qch
→ She asked to be excused from attending that evening.
to excuse o.s.
→ He excused himself and went up to his room.
to excuse o.s. for sth s'excuser de qch
to excuse o.s. for doing sth (in past)
s'excuser d'avoir fait qch
→ I excused myself for interrupting him
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