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English definition of “might I ask/inquire/know”

might I ask/inquire/know

UK formal
used in questions to show disapproval by being more polite than is expected : And what are you doing in there, might I ask ?Polite expressions Grammar:MightGrammar:Might: formsGrammar:Might: usesGrammar:Might: typical error
(Definition of might I ask/inquire/know from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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