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English definition of “may I ask”

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may I ask

used in questions to show disapproval: What, may I ask, was the point of repeating the tests?
Translations of “may I ask”
in Chinese (Traditional) (用於疑問句表示不贊同)能問一下…嗎…
in Chinese (Simplified) (用于疑问句表示不赞同)能问一下…吗…
(Definition of may I ask from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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