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English definition of “if you'll pardon the expression”

if you'll pardon the expression

said before or after using language that other people might consider shocking: The man doesn't know his arse from his elbow, if you'll pardon the expression.Making and accepting apologies
(Definition of if you'll pardon the expression from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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