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excuse

noun [C]
 
 
/ɪkˈskjuːs/
REASON B1 a reason that you give to explain why you did something wrong: [+ for + doing sth] I hope he's got a good excuse for being so late.Reasons and explanations
FALSE REASON B1 a false reason that you give to explain why you do something: Nick was just looking for an excuse to call her.Reasons and explanations
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