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English definition of “I beg your pardon.”

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I beg your pardon.

formal spoken
used for saying 'sorry' when you have made a mistake or done something wrong: I beg your pardon - I thought you were speaking to me.Making and accepting apologies used to show that you strongly disagree or that you are angry about something that someone has said: I beg your pardon, young man - I don't want to hear you speak like that again!InterjectionsSounds used as interjections
(Definition of I beg your pardon. from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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