Meaning of “if you'll pardon the expression” in the English Dictionary

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"if you'll pardon the expression" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “if you'll pardon the expression” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)