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English definition of “excuse/pardon my French!”

excuse/pardon my French!

old-fashioned humorous
said when you are pretending to be sorry for using a word that may be considered offensive : That sod Wilkins, excuse my French, has taken my bloody parking space .Making and accepting apologies
(Definition of excuse/pardon my French! from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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