be excused
   to go to the lavatory
   No more than politely to obtain release from the company of others. Perhaps the first thing we learned when we started school.

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  • be excused — 1. To leave a room, etc 2. To go to the lavatory to relieve oneself (euphemistic) • • • Main Entry: ↑excuse …   Useful english dictionary

  • be excused — Meaning Euphemism going to the lavatory. Origin …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • Request to be excused from a duty — The motion to request to be excused from a duty is used when a member of a deliberative assembly wishes to be excused from, for instance, attending a certain number of meetings, preparing talks or papers, serving on committees, etc.Explanation… …   Wikipedia

  • Out of all measure; beyond allowance; flagrant; shameful; as a gross dereliction of duty, a gross injustice, gross carelessness or negligence. Such conduct as is not to be excused. — Out of all measure; beyond allowance; flagrant; shameful; as a gross dereliction of duty, a gross injustice, gross carelessness or negligence. Such conduct as is not to be excused. All the real and personal property owned by a decedent at the… …   Law dictionary

  • beg to be excused — index refuse Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • be exempt — be excused, be released from liability or requirement …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Excused — Excuse Ex*cuse , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Excused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Excusing}.] [OE. escusen, cusen, OF. escuser, excuser, F. excuser, fr. L. excusare; ex out + causa cause, causari to plead. See {Cause}.] 1. To free from accusation, or the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Catch-22 (logic) — Catch 22 is a term coined by Joseph Heller in his novel Catch 22, describing a false dilemma in a rule, regulation, procedure or situation, where no real choice exists. In probability theory, it refers to a situation in which multiple… …   Wikipedia

  • excuse — 1 verb (T) 1 excuse me spoken a) used when you want to get someone s attention politely, especially when you want to ask a question: Excuse me, can you tell me the way to the museum please? b) used to say that you are sorry for doing something… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Excuse (legal) — Excuse redirects here. For making excuses , see Rationalization (making excuses). Criminal defenses …   Wikipedia

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