Rather, he was looking for an excuse not to believe them.
"If you'll excuse me," Darian said.
If you'll excuse us.
Though she came upon the count in his dressing gown every day, he invariably became confused and begged her to excuse his costume.
Excuse me for saying so, but you have no sense about women.
I have no excuse for my rudeness.
"Excuse me," he said.
"Excuse me, General," interrupted Kutuzov, also turning to Prince Andrew.
"Excuse me, sis," she said, rising.
His excuse for going to Columbia had been that they needed money.
If you're gonna discuss the Dawkins, I'd best excuse myself.
I jump at any excuse to visit the high country.
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.
Would you believe he covers up with the excuse that he's saving himself for one special girl?
She wasn't going to give him an excuse to attack her.
Fred, who had tagged along, beat a hasty retreat downstairs, making the excuse of a trip to the library.
Please excuse me, ikir.
I seek rather, I may say, even an excuse for conforming to the laws of the land.
Excuse me for staring, but aren't you the young lady that had Ashley in a dither?
Betsy's loving boss presented the most difficulty but she used the excuse her new husband was transferred to New Hampshire.
"You're not getting away with that excuse every time you want to get out of something," Martha said.
She stammered, trying to think of an excuse why she couldn't go.
Sarah made an excuse of putting Tammy down for a nap and left them alone.
I was trying to come up with an exit excuse when a gong sounded from above.
He'd used the excuse of HQ moving to Miami a year before to upgrade everything in the room.
Mrs. Thompson loves an excuse to eat cake.
You must please excuse me, he went on apologetically.
Please excuse its not being quite dry.
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.
Since they were scheduled to be too late for supper that day, it was a good excuse to eat out together.
I'm not sure how betraying everything your husband stood for would excuse anything you did.
You were an excuse for him to do what he did.
Men use that excuse as a means of retaining complete control.
"Excuse me?" she raised her head.
"Excuse me, ma'am," the boy called out in a quiet, nervous voice.
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.
"Excuse me!" he added, turning to the baron, "we will finish this conversation elsewhere--at a ball one must dance."
"I want to try to sing again," she said, adding as if by way of excuse, "it is, at least, something to do."
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.
He appeared to search for an excuse, anything not to be forced to go back.
"Excuse me," Traci said, standing.
"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.
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.
Excuse me, I'm new in town and I wonder if you could help me out?
"Excuse me!" she said.
Well, you must excuse me, because... because...
The only thing to be said in excuse of that gardener would be that he was very angry.
Excuse me, good-by! and suddenly she began to cry and was hurrying from the room.
Sonya was always the first excuse Countess Mary found for feeling irritated.
Natasha was sad and irritable all that time, especially when her mother, her brother, Sonya, or Countess Mary in their efforts to console her tried to excuse Pierre and suggested reasons for his delay in returning.
In the meantime, she had to avoid Yancey while she thought up some excuse for leaving.
Molly seemed mollified, excuse the alliteration.
"Poor excuse for not following my rules," he grumbled.
Cynthia toted her camera equipment, in part at least as an excuse for the trip should they be questioned.
Elisabeth, Sarah needs to see you, excuse us.
If you will excuse me, I'm needed in the kitchen.
"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?
"Excuse me," she said.
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?
What's your excuse - or is it simply your slow southern way that makes you drag your feet?
In Mary's reign (1555) the licences were withdrawn, the queen or her advisers deeming the game an excuse for "unlawful assemblies, conventicles, seditions and conspiracies."
And now, my friends, please to excuse My lisping and my stammers; I, for this once, have done my best, And so--I'll make my manners.
I might possibly invent some excuse for them and him, but I have no time for it.
Many a traveller came out of his way to see me and the inside of my house, and, as an excuse for calling, asked for a glass of water.
He teaches how to eat, drink, cohabit, void excrement and urine, and the like, elevating what is mean, and does not falsely excuse himself by calling these things trifles.
"Excuse my coming to you, cousin," she said in a reproachful and agitated voice.
To the noncommissioned officer's excuse that the prisoner was ill and could not walk, the officer replied that the order was to shoot those who lagged behind.
I used the break in at Ethel Reagan's place as an excuse to have Howie visit both Boston burglaries.
Excuse us would you?
He'd use that for an excuse and … Alex rolled his eyes and interrupted.
Excuse me a minute.
"That is no excuse," declared the Prince, coldly.
I beg you to excuse me, to excuse me...
Dean acknowledged he was still there and started to make an excuse for Cynthia's exit but Randy cut him short.
I thought a daughter was just an excuse to declare war on everyone.
There's not a chance in a million your boy was 50 miles from the drop so don't give Baratto any excuse to clam up on me.
"My wife," he said, for lack of a better excuse, "She's ill."
If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself; and my shortcomings and inconsistencies do not affect the truth of my statement.
I beg you to excuse me...
I beg you to excuse me, excuse me!
"Excuse me, your excellency," he began.
Only excuse me, my dear fellow, I'll give you twenty thousand and a note of hand for eighty thousand as well.
Was she always misinterpreting his intent, or was he merely quick-witted enough to think of a good excuse on the spur of the moment?