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a reason that you give to explain careless or offensive behaviour
excuse for (doing) something
What's your excuse for being late this time?
I'm tired of listening to his excuses.
making excuses for
her husband's odd behavior.
I'm sure Mike
for not coming.
plausible/legitimate/valid etc excuse
That's a lame excuse.
a reason that you invent to explain an action and to hide your real intentions
excuse to do something
I need an excuse to call her.
The conference is an excellent excuse for a few days' holiday by the sea.
used as an excuse
so the defendant could avoid trial.
look for/find an excuse
They were looking for any excuse to start a fight.
at the first possible moment, and got up to leave.
The arrival of the doctor
there is no excuse for something
used to say that someone's behaviour is too bad to be explained or accepted
There is no excuse for such rudeness.
make your excuses
to explain why you are not able to do something
Please make my excuses at the meeting tomorrow.
a poor/rotten etc excuse for something
used when you think someone or something is very bad
He's a rotten excuse for a lawyer. Why on earth did you hire him?
a note written by your doctor or one of your parents saying that you were ill on a particular day
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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