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excuse/pardon my French!

old-fashioned humorous said when you are ​pretending to be ​sorry for using a word that may be ​consideredoffensive: Pardon my French, but that's a ​damnedshame!
(Definition of excuse/pardon my French! from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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