The brothers on the Council were looking for any excuse to expel or kill him, and Andre was his only advocate.
I jump at any excuse to visit the high country.
I seek rather, I may say, even an excuse for conforming to the laws of the land.
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.
"You're not getting away with that excuse every time you want to get out of something," Martha said.
I'm not sure how betraying everything your husband stood for would excuse anything you did.
Fred, who had tagged along, beat a hasty retreat downstairs, making the excuse of a trip to the library.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Elisabeth, Sarah needs to see you, excuse us.
In Mary's reign (1555) the licences were withdrawn, the queen or her advisers deeming the game an excuse for "unlawful assemblies, conventicles, seditions and conspiracies."
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."
"Excuse my coming to you, cousin," she said in a reproachful and agitated voice.
The only thing to be said in excuse of that gardener would be that he was very angry.
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.
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.
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.
"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 us would you?
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 me!" he added, turning to the baron, "we will finish this conversation elsewhere--at a ball one must dance."
I beg you to excuse me, to excuse me...
I beg you to excuse me...