Rather, he was looking for an excuse not to believe them.
"Excuse me, General," interrupted Kutuzov, also turning to Prince Andrew.
If you're gonna discuss the Dawkins, I'd best excuse myself.
Perhaps at another time Denisov would not have left the regiment for so slight a wound, but now he took advantage of it to excuse himself from appearing at the staff and went into hospital.
I thought a daughter was just an excuse to declare war on everyone.
The brothers on the Council were looking for any excuse to expel or kill him, and Andre was his only advocate.
He'd use that for an excuse and … Alex rolled his eyes and interrupted.
Men use that excuse as a means of retaining complete control.
He'd used the excuse of HQ moving to Miami a year before to upgrade everything in the room.
Fred, who had tagged along, beat a hasty retreat downstairs, making the excuse of a trip to the library.
But here is plenty of excellent clover, so if you will excuse me I will eat now.
I seek rather, I may say, even an excuse for conforming to the laws of the land.
Only excuse me, my dear fellow, I'll give you twenty thousand and a note of hand for eighty thousand as well.
"I want to try to sing again," she said, adding as if by way of excuse, "it is, at least, something to do."
Sarah made an excuse of putting Tammy down for a nap and left them alone.
"You're not getting away with that excuse every time you want to get out of something," Martha said.
I was trying to come up with an exit excuse when a gong sounded from above.
I jump at any excuse to visit the high country.
You must please excuse me, he went on apologetically.
Excuse me, good-by! and suddenly she began to cry and was hurrying from the room.
Loving him was no excuse, because even knowing he didn't love her, she still couldn't find the decency to leave.
My wife thought he should go or Howie should simply kiss his mother's hand, give an excuse of pressing business, and come back east.
I used the break in at Ethel Reagan's place as an excuse to have Howie visit both Boston burglaries.
He appeared to search for an excuse, anything not to be forced to go back.
"Excuse me, ma'am," the boy called out in a quiet, nervous voice.
I'm not sure how betraying everything your husband stood for would excuse anything you did.
He even waved off the excuse of no bathing suits, telling them rentals were available.
He stopped Fred when the old man began to excuse himself.
"What's your excuse for being here?" she asked.
We'd better watch our step, and not give him any excuse to harass us further.
Plus, Dean thought, it would give the old man a good excuse and ample time for some world-class snooping.
What's your excuse - or is it simply your slow southern way that makes you drag your feet?
It was the perfect excuse to teach Carmen how to handle a gun.
Excuse me, but isn't that your land and don't you know every inch of it?
"You'll have to excuse us," she said to Dean, "I have some friends I just have to introduce to Freddie."
Do you suppose he's really meeting someone, or is that just an excuse to beat it?
"My wife," he said, for lack of a better excuse, "She's ill."
Excuse us would you?
He muttered some lame excuse, feigning making an error.
It was never clear if that was the case and the kid lucked out, but Dean used the excuse of mock consternation to excuse himself and walk uptown to telephone Cynthia.
A few minutes later the footman returned with Dessalles, who brought word from the princess that she would be very glad to see Pierre if he would excuse her want of ceremony and come upstairs to her apartment.
Sonya was always the first excuse Countess Mary found for feeling irritated.