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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • "'scuse me, mister," he said as he mounted to his seat at the wheel.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • scuse me, massa, but there's a young gemman below that axes to see you.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • Mistah Beelah, 'scuse me troublin' you, but—'scuse me troublin' you.

    The Faith Healer William Vaughn Moody
  • Say—this job's off—'scuse me—get on your clothes and let's go out and have some.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
  • scuse me, but your tone and look are not those of a man telling the pure unvarnished.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • Massa George, yo' sartinly will hab to 'scuse me now, fo' I must be goin'.

    The Deacon Horace C. Dale
  • He turned away, only to come back at once with a timid "'scuse me!"

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • scuse me, Capn; ef I could jes have a look at youah berth ticket.

    Dust of the Desert Robert Welles Ritchie
  • An' is yo'--'scuse me--but is yo' expectin' me fo' t' follow yo'?

  • scuse me, Capn, but I happened to come in just then and couldnt help a–hearin ye.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand

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