if you'll pardon my french

If you'll pardon my French
(UK) This idiom is used as a way of apologising for swearing.

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  • if you'll pardon my French — (UK)    This idiom is used as a way of apologising for swearing.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • If you'll pardon my French —   (UK)   This idiom is used as a way of apologising for swearing …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • Pardon my French — or Excuse my French is a common English language phrase ostensibly disguising profanity as French. The phrase is uttered in an attempt to excuse the user of profanity or curses in the presence of those offended by it under the pretense of the… …   Wikipedia

  • pardon my French — pardon/excuse/my French spoken phrase used for saying you are sorry for swearing Thesaurus: ways of saying you are sorry or regret somethingsynonym Main entry: French * * * pardon my French …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pardon my French! — British, humorous something that you say which means you are sorry because you have said an impolite word. The silly sod never turned up, pardon my French …   New idioms dictionary

  • Pardon my French. — AND Excuse my French. sent. Excuse my use of swear words or taboo words. (Does not refer to real French.) □ Pardon my French, but this is a hell of a day. □ What she needs is a kick in the butt, if you’ll excuse my French …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • (if you'll) excuse (or pardon) my French — informal used to apologize for swearing. → French …   English new terms dictionary

  • pardon — par|don1 S2 [ˈpa:dn US ˈpa:rdn] interjection also .pardon me 1.) used when you want someone to repeat something because you did not hear it ▪ Hurry up Jonathan! Pardon? I said hurry up! see usage note ↑excuse1 2.) BrE used to say sorry after you… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pardon — 1 interjection especially BrE 1 used when you want someone to repeat something because you did not hear it: Pardon, you ll have to talk louder, I can t hear you. | Is it hanging up in your bedroom? Pardon? I said is it in your bedroom? 2 used to… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pardon — [[t]pɑ͟ː(r)d(ə)n[/t]] pardons, pardoning, pardoned 1) CONVENTION (formulae) You say Pardon? or I beg your pardon? or, in American English, Pardon me? when you want someone to repeat what they have just said because you have not heard or… …   English dictionary

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