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shortened form of excuse (v.), attested from late 15c.

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  • scuse me fer buttin in, he said, but I got some hosses I want to ship to Boulder, and no decent driver fer em.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • scuse me, massa, but there's a young gemman below that axes to see you.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • "'scuse us, but dat mast done goin' to tumble down," ventured a man.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • "'scuse me, mister," he said as he mounted to his seat at the wheel.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • I hope the gen'lmen and der fair sex will scuse my usin' an or'nary sort o' 'parison.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Say—this job's off—'scuse me—get on your clothes and let's go out and have some.

    Sixes and Sevens O. Henry
  • An' I found Shaver—'scuse me, but ut seemed sort o' nat'ral name fer 'im?

    A Reversible Santa Claus Meredith Nicholson
  • Massa George, yo' sartinly will hab to 'scuse me now, fo' I must be goin'.

    The Deacon Horace C. Dale
  • scuse me, but your tone and look are not those of a man telling the pure unvarnished.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • He turned away, only to come back at once with a timid "'scuse me!"

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes

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