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excuse

excuse Sentence Examples

  • Rather, he was looking for an excuse not to believe them.

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  • "If you'll excuse me," Darian said.

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  • If you'll excuse us.

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  • Though she came upon the count in his dressing gown every day, he invariably became confused and begged her to excuse his costume.

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  • Excuse me for saying so, but you have no sense about women.

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  • I have no excuse for my rudeness.

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  • "Excuse me," he said.

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  • His excuse for going to Columbia had been that they needed money.

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  • She wasn't going to give him an excuse to attack her.

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  • I jump at any excuse to visit the high country.

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  • "Excuse me, General," interrupted Kutuzov, also turning to Prince Andrew.

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  • "Excuse me, sis," she said, rising.

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  • If you're gonna discuss the Dawkins, I'd best excuse myself.

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  • Would you believe he covers up with the excuse that he's saving himself for one special girl?

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  • Please excuse me, ikir.

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  • 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.

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  • Only excuse me, my dear fellow, I'll give you twenty thousand and a note of hand for eighty thousand as well.

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  • Fred, who had tagged along, beat a hasty retreat downstairs, making the excuse of a trip to the library.

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  • Mrs. Thompson loves an excuse to eat cake.

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  • I thought a daughter was just an excuse to declare war on everyone.

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  • 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?

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  • "Excuse me," she said.

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  • I seek rather, I may say, even an excuse for conforming to the laws of the land.

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  • He'd use that for an excuse and … Alex rolled his eyes and interrupted.

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  • You were an excuse for him to do what he did.

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  • Excuse me for staring, but aren't you the young lady that had Ashley in a dither?

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  • I was trying to come up with an exit excuse when a gong sounded from above.

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  • "Excuse me?" she raised her head.

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  • Excuse me, but isn't that your land and don't you know every inch of it?

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  • He'd used the excuse of HQ moving to Miami a year before to upgrade everything in the room.

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  • 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."

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  • 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.

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  • Please excuse its not being quite dry.

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  • She stammered, trying to think of an excuse why she couldn't go.

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  • Men use that excuse as a means of retaining complete control.

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  • Sarah made an excuse of putting Tammy down for a nap and left them alone.

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  • Betsy's loving boss presented the most difficulty but she used the excuse her new husband was transferred to New Hampshire.

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  • "Excuse me, ma'am," the boy called out in a quiet, nervous voice.

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  • Since they were scheduled to be too late for supper that day, it was a good excuse to eat out together.

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  • "My wife," he said, for lack of a better excuse, "She's ill."

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  • I'm not sure how betraying everything your husband stood for would excuse anything you did.

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  • "Excuse me, your excellency," he began.

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  • Excuse me a minute.

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  • I used the break in at Ethel Reagan's place as an excuse to have Howie visit both Boston burglaries.

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  • "Excuse me!" he added, turning to the baron, "we will finish this conversation elsewhere--at a ball one must dance."

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  • You must please excuse me, he went on apologetically.

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  • 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.

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  • I beg you to excuse me, excuse me!

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  • I beg you to excuse me...

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  • "What's your excuse for being here?" she asked.

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  • 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.

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  • "I want to try to sing again," she said, adding as if by way of excuse, "it is, at least, something to do."

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  • He even waved off the excuse of no bathing suits, telling them rentals were available.

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  • He even waved off the excuse of no bathing suits, telling them rentals were available.

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  • "Excuse my coming to you, cousin," she said in a reproachful and agitated voice.

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  • Well, you must excuse me, because... because...

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  • Excuse me, good-by! and suddenly she began to cry and was hurrying from the room.

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  • I might possibly invent some excuse for them and him, but I have no time for it.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • "You're not getting away with that excuse every time you want to get out of something," Martha said.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • "That is no excuse," declared the Prince, coldly.

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  • He stopped Fred when the old man began to excuse himself.

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  • Excuse me, I'm new in town and I wonder if you could help me out?

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  • "Excuse me!" she said.

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  • Excuse us would you?

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  • Excuse us would you?

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  • Loving him was no excuse, because even knowing he didn't love her, she still couldn't find the decency to leave.

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  • He appeared to search for an excuse, anything not to be forced to go back.

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  • "Excuse me," Traci said, standing.

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  • The only thing to be said in excuse of that gardener would be that he was very angry.

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  • Cynthia toted her camera equipment, in part at least as an excuse for the trip should they be questioned.

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  • Sonya was always the first excuse Countess Mary found for feeling irritated.

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  • In the meantime, she had to avoid Yancey while she thought up some excuse for leaving.

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  • 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.

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  • Dean acknowledged he was still there and started to make an excuse for Cynthia's exit but Randy cut him short.

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  • Elisabeth, Sarah needs to see you, excuse us.

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  • If you will excuse me, I'm needed in the kitchen.

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  • We'd better watch our step, and not give him any excuse to harass us further.

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  • Plus, Dean thought, it would give the old man a good excuse and ample time for some world-class snooping.

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  • He muttered some lame excuse, feigning making an error.

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  • 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.

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  • What's your excuse - or is it simply your slow southern way that makes you drag your feet?

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  • 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.

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  • Molly seemed mollified, excuse the alliteration.

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  • "Poor excuse for not following my rules," he grumbled.

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  • It was the perfect excuse to teach Carmen how to handle a gun.

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  • "You'll have to excuse us," she said to Dean, "I have some friends I just have to introduce to Freddie."

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  • Do you suppose he's really meeting someone, or is that just an excuse to beat it?

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  • I beg you to excuse me, to excuse me...

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  • She had no such experience or excuse.

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  • Now she would have no excuse.

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  • Likely he was feeling emotional about it and using work as an excuse.

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  • Did he actually think she would enjoy brute force, or was that merely an excuse?

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  • I've never been so angry with so little excuse.

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  • What Howard provided was an excuse.

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  • I was using my mother as an excuse.

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  • I have no excuse.

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  • I was right but at least they had an excuse.

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  • My old man beat me like a tom-tom at an Indian dance and he didn't need that much of an excuse.

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  • He set down his glass, and taking Cynthia's hand, retreated from the parlor to the kitchen, without even bothering to make an excuse.

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  • "It would be a wasted day," Dean answered but his voice lacked conviction and he couldn't think of a good excuse.

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  • Probably just an excuse.

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  • He hadn't mentioned anything earlier about cutting the evening short so I figured it was an excuse.

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  • That so clear-headed a man could have credited the lies of Oates and the other perjurers is beyond belief; and the manner in which he excited baseless alarms, and encouraged fanatic cruelty, for nothing but party advantage, is without excuse.

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  • There is no excuse for short play on his part, and his bowls would be better off the green than obstructing the path of subsequent bowls.

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  • In 1254 it received a charter from William II., count of Holland, similar to that of Haarlem, but in the 15th century duke Philip the Good of Burgundy made the impoverishment of the town, due to ill-government, the excuse for establishing an oligarchical regime, by charters of 1436 and 1437.

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  • In the last year of the war she was accompanied into Guienne by the duc de Nemours, her intimacy with whom gave La Rochefoucauld an excuse for abandoning her, and who himself immediately returned to his old mistress the duchesse de Chevreuse.

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  • Aeschines and Demades had no such excuse.

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  • Their presence, however, was a sufficient excuse for Napoleon, under pressure of the clerical party, to send another expedition to Rome (26th of October).

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  • Most of the responsibility lay with the Vatican, which had arranged the procession in the way best calculated to irritate Italian feeling, but little excuse can be offered for the failure of the Italian authorities to maintain public order.

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  • The excuse for which the government had been waiting Alteration was thus provided, and two days later the Duma was by ukaz dissolved.

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  • The weak parts of this story are the sudden and unexplained departure of the Simons; the subsequent useless cruelty of treating the child like a wild beast and keeping him in a dark room practically out of sight (unless any doubt of his identity was possible), while his sister was in comparative comfort; the cause of death, declared to be of long standing, but in fact developed with such rapidity; the insufficient excuse provided for the child's muteness under Gomin's regime (he had answered Barras) and the irregularities in the formalities in attending the death and the funeral, when a simple identification of the body by Marie Therese would have prevented any question of resuscitated dauphins.

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  • p. 266), so that Englishmen need no excuse for not being aware of one of Nitzsch's labours, though his more advanced work of 1829, presently to be mentioned, was not referred to by Sir R.

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  • Some excuse is to be made for this neglect.

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  • An opportune storm, however, gave the king an excuse for returning home, as Frederick II.

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  • onwards, as a cover and an excuse for secular ambitions of their own; and in this way they had certainly helped, in very large measure, to discourage the old religious zeal for the Holy War.

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  • It became a convention of diplomacy, designed to cover any particularly sharp piece of policy which needed some excuse; and the treaty of Granada, formed between Louis XII.

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  • But it was not only to the lay power that the Crusades gave an excuse for taxation; the papacy also profited.

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  • For this admixture of secular with spiritual aims there was considerable excuse.

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  • His contumacy was made the excuse for the outlawry of himself and his family.

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  • In Chanda and Deogarh the Gond rajas were suffered by Raghoji Bhonsla and his successor to carry on a shadowy existence for a while, in order to give them an excuse for avoiding the claims of the peshwa as their overlord; though actually decisions in important matters were sought at Poona.

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  • When amongst the litter of a properly mated, highly bred fox-terrier, pups are found with long bodies and thick short legs and feet, breeders are disposed to excuse the result by the supposition that the bitch has been contaminated by some earlier mating.

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  • The cardinal, though ignorant of the details of the plot, perhaps suspected Wishart's knowledge of it, and in any case was not sorry to have an excuse for seizing one of the most eloquent supporters of the new opinions.

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  • His immoralities, like his acts of persecution, were exaggerated by his opponents; but his private life was undoubtedly a scandal to religion, and has only the excuse that it was not worse than that of most of his order at the time.

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  • Their servility awakened the bitterest contempt of their conquerors and forms the best excuse for the unparalleled severity of the French yoke.

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  • The enemy, having everything to gain and nothing to lose thereby, agreed finally to a six weeks' suspension of arms. This was perhaps the gravest military error of Napoleon's whole career, and his excuse for it, " want of adequate cavalry," is the strongest testimony as to the value of that arm.

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  • The death of Latouche Treville, 10th of August 1804, supplied an excuse for delay.

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  • The law of course was clear that the "punctilio which swordsmen falsely do call honour" was no excuse for wilful murder.

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  • Harold's perjury formed the chief excuse for the Norman Conquest of England, which in reality was a piratical venture resembling that of the sons of Tancred d'Hauteville in Lower Italy.

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  • On the 7th the Hungarian diet formally refused to acknowledge the title of the new king, " as without the knowledge and consent of the diet no one could sit on the Hungarian throne," and called the nation to arms. Constitutionally, in the Magyar opinion, Ferdinand was still king of Hungary, and this gave to the revolt an excuse of legality.

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  • Dalberg's subservience, as a prince of the Confederation, to Napoleon was specially resented since, as a priest, he had no excuse of necessity on the ground of saving family or dynastic interests; his fortunes therefore fell with those of Napoleon, and, when he died on the 10th of February 1817, of all his dignities he was in possession only of the archbishopric of Regensburg.

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  • It is under this closer occupation with mechanical conditions that surgery to-day is said - not without excuse, but with no more than superficial truth - to have made more progress than medicine.

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  • There was some faint excuse for Frederick's wrath.

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  • An excuse was provided in the fact that the poet had a copy of some unpublished poems of Frederick's, and as soon as Voltaire arrived hands were laid on him, at first with courtesy enough.

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  • The only excuse made for the alternate cringing and insult, the alternate abuse and lying, which marked his course in this matter, has been the very weak plea that a man cannot fight with a system - a plea which is sufficiently answered by the retort that a great many men have so fought and have won.

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  • in length; with such coils, and a sufficient annular space in the pan free from obstruction, in order to allow a natural down-current of the cooking mass, while an up-current all round is also naturally produced by the action of the heated worms or coils, rapid evaporation and crystallization can be obtained, without any mechanical adjuncts to require attention or afford excuse for negligence.

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  • This, together with certain outstanding grievances and the pretext of enforcing the settlement of the Greek Question approved by the powers, gave Russia the excuse for declaring war against Turkey.

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  • Mahomet early found an excuse for attacking the Jews, who were naturally in the way of his schemes.

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  • It includes within its limits the once famous district of the "Kroumirs," 2 a tribe whose occasional thefts of cattle across the frontier gave the French an excuse to invade Tunisia in 1881.

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  • Summer sees the lotus (renge) convert wide expanses of lake and river into sheets of white and red blossoms; a comparatively flowerless interval ensues until, in October and November, the chrysanthemum arrives to furnish an excuse for fashionable gatherings.

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  • so good an excuse for intervention; but it was the opposition of Baden to the formation of a South German confederation that made the ultimate union inevitable.

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  • Little excuse can be made for his opposition to Pitt's commercial policy towards Ireland.

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  • Pope, with less excuse, put him in the Dunciad towards the end of his life, but he confessed to Spence in private that Defoe had written many things and none bad.

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  • For here again the restoration of the disinherited prince of Constantinople supplied an excuse quite as plausible as the liquidation of the debt to Venice.

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  • He immediately proceeded to muzzle opposition by stringent press laws, and the discovery of minor liberal conspiracies afforded an excuse for further repression.

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  • This at least is the excuse for the entire exclusion of Chinese labourers from the United States since 1882 (provisions made more severe in 1888 and 1892) (see also the article Co01.IE).

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  • Before the truce expired a disputed succession to the duchy of Brittany gave Edward an excuse for renewing hostilities with France.

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  • The labour devoted to an investigation is with Hallam no excuse for dwelling on the result, unless that is in itself important.

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  • The whole of the responsibility for this crime, therefore, rests with Catherine; unlike the populace, she had not even the excuse of fanaticism.

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  • The asiarch however refused, urging as an excuse that the games were over.

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  • This gave the princes an excuse for the theory that the decrees of Constance and Basel were still in force, limiting the papal prerogatives in all respects not noticed in the concordat.

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  • The capture of Constantinople by the Turks afforded a new excuse for papal taxation.

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  • On the other hand, they did not wish to take the risk of radical measures against the new doctrines, and were glad of an excuse for refusing the demands of the pope.

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  • He used the Lutheran theories as an excuse for overthrowing the ecclesiastical aristocracy, which had been insolently powerful in Sweden.

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  • The counter-revolution provided, therefore, a favourable excuse for removing him from power.

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  • 7, 8); " they have no excuse for their sin " (xv.

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  • This procedure has often been blamed as unconstitutional; but the excuse must be taken into account that a constitution which provides such an emergency exit must be prepared for use to be made of it.

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  • The excuse for the Terror that followed was the imminent peril of France, menaced on the east by the advance of the armies of the Coalition, on the west by the Royalist insurrection of La Vendee, and the need for preventing at all costs the outbreak of another civil war.

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  • When recovered he makes a plausible excuse for leaving Ireland (pretending he has left a wife in his native land) and returns to Cornwall.

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  • He soon found an excuse for breaking his promise to relieve the English Catholics.

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  • in 1740 Fleury by a diplomatic quibble found an excuse for repudiating his engagements, when he found the party of war supreme in the king's counsels.

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  • A plausible excuse was found in the next year for issuing a sentence of confiscation and banishment against Falkes de Breaute.

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  • In this original scheme it is clearly marked out "that this entire Society and all its members fight for God under the faithful obedience of the most sacred lord, the pope, and the other Roman pontiffs his successors"; and Ignatius makes particular mention th4t each member should "be bound by a special vow," beyond that formal obligation under which all Christians are of obeying the pope, "so that whatsoever the present and other Roman pontiffs for the time being shall ordain, pertaining to the advancement of souls and the propagation of the faith, to whatever provinces he shall resolve to send us, we are straightway bound to obey, as far as in us lies, without any tergiversation or excuse, whether he send us among the Turks or to any other unbelievers in being, even to those parts called India, or to any heretics or schismatics or likewise to any believers."

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  • Holland drove them out in 1816, and, by giving them thus a valid excuse for aiding the Belgian revolution of 1830, secured them the strong position they have ever since held in Belgium; but they have succeeded in returning to Holland.

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  • before he does wrong makes all manner of subtle excuse.

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  • He drew the horoscopes of the emperor and Wallenstein, as well as of a host of lesser magnates; but, though keenly alive to the unworthy character of such a trade, he made necessity his excuse for a compromise with superstition.

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  • Eighteenth-century Italy looked on religion with apathetic indifference, and Liguori convinced himself that only the gentlest and most lenient treatment could win back the alienated laity; hence he was always willing to excuse errors on the side of laxity as due to an excess of zeal in winning over penitents.

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  • p. 656) attributes its bad reputation to the attempt of the inhabitants of the country to find some excuse for the demoralization caused by their own luxurious and effeminate habits of life.

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  • There is not the slightest use or excuse for the application of sugar, except to cheapen the silk by about 15 to 20 Wild Silk Dyeing.

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  • But the idealists are only too glad to get any excuse for denying bodily substances and causes; and, while Leibnitz supplied them with the fancied analysis of material into immaterial elements, and Hume with the reduction of bodies to assemblages of sensations, Mach adds the additional argument that bodily forces are not causes at all.

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  • But notwithstanding its illogicality, its tendency to underrate Nature as inferred from such idealistic premises, and its certain transition into a consistent idealism, hypothetical realism has, with little excuse, revived among us in the writings of Shadworth Hodgson, James Martineau and A.

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  • It has also been urged in excuse for Philo's absurd derivation from &nos.

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  • The practical difficulty of the constitutional problem gave the "court parson" - as Gneisenau had contemptuously called him - excuse enough for a change of front which, incidentally, would please his exalted patrons.

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  • Her opposition to the reform of the Polish government was plainly due to a wish to preserve an excuse for further spoliation, but her conduct was less cruel and base than that of Prussia.

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  • Becket's fate, though it supplied an excuse, was certainly not the real cause of the troubles with his sons which disturbed the king's later years (1173-1189).

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  • The burning by the American general McClure, on the 10th of December 1813, of Newark(Niagara on the Lake), for which severe retaliation was taken at Buffalo, was made the excuse for much destruction.

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  • If he had put himself at the head of a popular rising he would have been followed, and would have had a good excuse.

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  • According to his own account, the expostulations as to her past conduct which preceded his admonitions for the future were received with tears, confessions and attempts at extenuation or excuse; but when they parted next day on good terms she had regained her usual spirits.

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  • The tale was probably invented by the annalists to excuse the cruel treatment of the Carthaginian prisoners by the Romans.

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  • This they did with the excuse that the new product resembled one class of steel - cast steel - in being free from slag; and, after a period of protest, all acquiesced in calling it " steel," which is now its firmly established name.

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  • The pope asked Richard to free Hubert from all secular duties, and he did so, thus making the demand an excuse for dismissing Hubert from the justiciarship. On the 27th of May 1199 Hubert crowned John, making a speech in which the old theory of election by the people was enunciated for the last time.

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  • In dealing with this outburst of fanaticism many of the princes, both spiritual and secular, displayed vigour and humanity, but Charles saw only in the sufferings of this people an excuse for robbing them of their wealth.

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  • These conditions formed the excuse for the continual postponement of the promised constitution.

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  • Both had signed the protocol of 1852, and both realized that, if the European powers were to be given no excuse to intervene, their attitude must be scrupulously correct; and this involved the recognition of King Christians rights in the duchies.

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  • There was then no ground for surprise that, when in April 1878 an attempt was made on the life of the emperor, Bismarck used the excuse for again bringing in a law expressly Legisiadirected against the Socialists.

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  • For an increase in the navy there was, indeed, sufficient excuse in the enormous expansion of German over-sea commerce and the consequent growth of the mercantile marine; the value of foreign trade, which in 1894 was 365,000,000, had risen in 1904 to 610,000,000, and in the same period the tonnage of German merchant shipping had increased by 234%.

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  • The emperor was too much absorbed in the affairs of the rest of his vast dominions, notably those of the Empire, rent in two by religious differences and the secular ambitions for which those were the excuse, to give any effective attention to its needs.

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  • Absolute master of the forces of the banat, Jellachich now waited until the intractable politicians of Pest should give him the occasion and the excuse for setting the imperial army in motion against them.

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  • These and similar phrases, such as the excuse for withdrawing the Reform Bill in the year of the great budget of 1860 - "you cannot get twenty wagons at once through Temple Bar" - were in all men's mouths.

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  • He visited privately many of the leading citizens of the city, statesmen, divines and merchants, and besought them to take the lead in a national movement against slavery; but they all with one consent made excuse, some of them listening to his plea with manifest impatience.

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  • The Rye House plot gave an excuse for arresting the Whig leaders; Russell and Sidney were judicially murdered; Monmouth retired to Toddington, in Bedfordshire, and was left untouched.

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  • Moreover, with this masterful temper was joined an infirmity of purpose which ever let " I dare not wait upon I would," and which seized upon any excuse for postponing measures the principles of which he had publicly approved.

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  • Old commercial disputes and the support which the French had lent to Glendower gave a sufficient excuse for war, whilst the disordered state of France afforded no security for peace.

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  • Anne Boleyn fared no better than the Catholic martyrs; she failed to produce a male heir to the throne, and her conduct afforded a jury of peers, over which her uncle, the duke of Norfolk, presided, sufficient excuse for condemning her to death on a charge of adultery (1536).

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  • But mere justice requires attention to the fact that incentive to that innovation, and excuse for it, were found in the absolute one-party monopoly maintained by the Federalists.

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  • But in the majority of cases religion has become a mere excuse for secular business.

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  • The victory of Meeanee, in which 3000 British troops defeated 20,000 Baluchis, is perhaps the most brilliant feat of arms in Indian history; but an honest excuse can scarcely be found for the annexation of the country.

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  • But with the excuse of a pretended plot he put a number of the most conspicuous persons in the kingdoms to death, and had William himself blinded.

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  • In 1872 the secret agents of the friars induced the native garrison at Cavite to mutiny and thus give the friars an excuse to press for vigorous action.

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  • When his descendants had ascended the throne and he had become a demi-saint, the historians did their best to excuse his conduct.

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  • The intervention of the powers, culminating in the shattering of the Egyptian fleet at Navarino (q.v.), robbed him of his reward so far as Greece was concerned; the failure of his arms in face of this intervention gave Sultan Mahmud the excuse he desired for withholding the rest of the stipulated price of his assistance.

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  • Corps, but Buongiovanni was very slow, not without excuse.

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  • His most original compositions in verse, however, are elegiac and hendecasyllabic pieces on personal topics - the De conjugali amore, Eridanus, Tumuli, Naeniae, Baiae, &c. - in which he uttered his vehemently passionate emotions with a warmth of southern colouring, an evident sincerity, and a truth of painting from reality which excuse their erotic freedom.

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  • But after the flight of the king to Varennes, Duport sought to defend him; as member of the commission charged to question the king, he tried to excuse him, and on the 14th of July 1791 he opposed the formal accusation.

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  • This fundamental homogeneity of primitive culture, however, must not be made the excuse for a treatment at the hands of psychology and sociology that dispenses with the study of details and trusts to an a priori method.

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  • We are asked to read into the Pregnani story a deliberate intrigue on Charles's part for an excuse for having James de la Cloche in England.

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  • The earthquake of 1790 furnished an excuse for withdrawing their forces.

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  • The excuse for this act, put forward in letters written shortly before his end, was that he did not believe the conquerors would give him an impartial trial.

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  • The effect of the act was to impose upon the judges under severe sanction the duty of protecting personal liberty in the case of criminal charges and of securing speedy trial upon such charges when legally framed; and the improvement of their tenure of office at the revolution, coupled with the veto put by the Bill of Rights on excessive bail, gave the judicature the independence and authority necessary to enable them to keep the executive within the law and to restrain administrative development of the scope or penalties of the criminal law; and this power of the judiciary to control the executive, coupled with the limitations on the right to set up "act of state" as an excuse for infringing individual liberty is the special characteristic of English constitutional law.

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  • he endeavoured to excuse to Elizabeth the massacre of St.

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  • But practically the Stoic philosopher always had some good excuse for withdrawing from the narrow political life of the city in which he found himself.

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  • It is said that he retired from all active, public life and even neglected plain, public duties, replying to reproaches, "Not every one can speak in his own excuse" (Ibn Qutaiba, Ma 'arif, 250).

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  • It is somewhat curious that some of those who claim Rabelais as an enemy of the supernatural in general have been the loudest to condemn this blemish, and that some of them have made the exceedingly lame excuse for him that it was a means of wrapping up his propaganda and keeping it and himself safe from the notice of the powers that were.

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  • The Abyssinians are heavy eaters and drinkers, and any occasion is seized as an excuse for a carouse.

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  • which it began, after Malplaquet, to think might be purchased at too heavy a cost, the nation wanted a convenient excuse for relinquishing a burdensome war, which the great military genius of the age was suspected of prolonging to fill his pockets.

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  • The excuse, as a rule, may hold good, that the postal charge is only a reasonable one for service rendered, so that the net income of the post office really resembles the profit of a business, but the element of taxation appears undoubtedly to enter.

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  • The proceeding appears to be quite incorrect, whatever excuse there may be for treating revenue like that of the post office as non-tax revenue.

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  • The patriarch feared on the one hand that the growing influence of the Russian Church would give a colour of Slavism to the whole church, and that a Russian might eventually be appointed oecumenical patriarch at Constantinople, while the Rumanians hoped by means of the independence of their church to deprive the Russians of all excuse for interfering in their internal affairs under the pretext of religion.

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  • The esprit bourru by which he was at all times distinguished, and which he now displayed in his rather arrogant Excuse a Ariste, unfitted him for controversy, and it was of vital importance to him that he should not lose the outward marks of favour which Richelieu continued to show him.

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  • Her only excuse is that as a sister of Marie Antoinette the very name of Republican or Jacobin filled her with loathing.

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  • On the advice of Germany he proposed the assembly of an international conference at Algeciras in 1906 to consult upon methods of reform, the sultan's desire being to ensure a condition of affairs which would leave foreigners with no excuse for interference in the control of the country, and would promote its welfare, which Abd-el-Aziz had earnestly desired from his accession to power.

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  • The only result of the long series of insurrections was to provoke the king to a cruelty which he had not at first shown, and to give him an excuse for confiscating and dividing among his foreign knights and barons the immense majority of the estates of the English theglihood.

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  • For the brothers Robert and William were, and always had been, enemies, and every intriguing baron had before him the tempting prospect of aggrandizing himself, by making his allegiance to one of the brothers serve as an excuse for betraying the other.

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  • The English barons were simply desirous of getting rid of the strong and effective govern.ance of the king, and the alleged wrongs of his sons were an empty excuse.

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  • excuse that David had submitted once before, had been endowed with lands in the Marches, and had nevertheless joined his brother in rebellion.

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  • The king made it an excuse for gathering an army to besiege Badlesmeres castle at Leeds; he took it and hanged the garrison.

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  • It also gave Edward an excuse for treating every loyal Frenchman as guilty of treason, and, to his shame, he did nol always refrain from employing such a discreditable device.

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  • To pay his debts he was obliged to resort to heavy taxation in Aquitaine, which gave his discontented subjects in Poitou and the other outlying districts an excuse for the rebellion that they had been for some time meditating.

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  • He found a preposterous excuse for repudiating the treaty by which he was bound, by declaring that some details had been omitted in its formal ratification.

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  • Apparently he was set on provoking a refusal, and thus getting an excuse for seizing the person of the king.

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  • Some excuse must be found for getting rid of the queen and her friends, and the doubtful legitimacy of the Lancastrian claim to the crown afforded such an excuse.

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  • Another device of Edward for filling his exchequer was a very stringent enforcement of justice; small infractions of the laws being made the excuse for exorbitant fines.

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  • But an impatient outburst of the insurgents and a foolish attempt to seize hull and Scarborough gave Henry an excuse for repudiating the concessions made in his name.

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  • When they refused to accept the excuse, he dissolved parliament, but not before a tumult took place in the House, and the speaker was forcibly held down in his chair whilst resolutions hostile to the government were put to the vote.

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  • As they did not understand the aims of the French Revolutionists, they were unable to make that excuse for even so much of their conduct as admits of excuse.

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  • The exposure of these facts turned the whole thing into ridicule, and gave parliament an excuse for postponing measures of organic reform which might otherwise have been brought forward.

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  • The invasion of Syria by Mehemet Ali in 1831 caused Beshir to desert Abdallah and throw in his lot with Ibrahim Pasha; but he was not cordially followed by the Druses in general, and had good excuse for revolt in 1839, and intrigue with the British admiral in 1840.

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  • Hubbard of the United States gunboat " Nashville " at Colon forbade the transportation of Colombian troops across the Isthmus, and landed 42 marines to prevent the occupation of Colon by the Colombian force; the diplomatic excuse for his action was that by the treaty of 1846 the United States had promised to keep the Isthmus open, and that a civil war would have closed it.

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  • And though reflection upon conduct may lead us to suppose that our past acts were determined, that desire of pleasure or the wish to avoid pain controlled our wills, the unphilosophical observer interprets, in offenders against morality, such arguments as a mere excuse.

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  • " or " What degree of ignorance will excuse this particular person in this particular case from his responsibility ?

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  • Calvin at first declined, alleging as an excuse his need of securing more time for personal improvement, but ultimately, believing that he was divinely called to this task and that "God had stretched forth His hand upon me from on high to arrest me," he consented to remain at Geneva.

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  • But, contrary to all constitutional requirements, three full months were allowed to pass before Venizelos was summoned to resume office, the King's illness being made an excuse.

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  • The Irish Education Act of 1892 provided that the parents of children of not less than 6 nor more than 14 years of age should cause them to attend school in the absence of reasonable excuse on at least 150 days in the year in municipal boroughs and in towns or townships under commissioners; and provisions were made for the partial or total abolition of fees in specified circumstances, for a parliamentary school grant in lieu of abolished school fees, and for the augmentation of the salaries of the national teachers.

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  • Monmouth's enterprise made no stir, but gave an excuse for disarming the Protestant militia.

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  • The declaration of Pilnitz, which was but an excuse for non-interference on the part of the emperor and the king of Prussia, interested in the prolongation of these internal troubles, was put forward by them as an Pilnitz.

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  • In the south, the companions of Jehu and of the Sun inaugurated a White Terror, which had not even the apparent excuse of the public safety or of exasperated patriotism.

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  • He pleaded his age, now close upon seventy years, his infirm health, and the obstacles to travel caused by quarantine regulations; but the pope was sternly indignant at what he held to be his ingratitude and insubordination, and no excuse was admitted.

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  • At the beginning of the i9th century they had fallen into such a state of weakness that Napoleon could, with some considerable measure of excuse, look upon their country as a species of no-mans-land into which his troops had only to march on.

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  • In many places the movement was simply an excuse for a revival of private wars between wealthy noble families.

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  • Even this excuse was soon dropped, and by January and February 1808 the French Invasion had become clearly revealed as one of conquest.

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  • At last a dispute in regard to the officering of the artillery gave the king an honorable excuse for resigning a throne on which both he and his wife had been treated with the utmost insolence.

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  • At the close of the year an Anarchist outrage gave the excuse for the proclamation of martial law in Barcelona, and after the opening of the new session of the Cortes (January 23, 1908) a bill was introduced into the senate giving to the government the most drastic powers for the suppression of Anarchism.

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  • Disturbances occurred at Tarsus; Armenians who did not espouse 'the " national " cause were murdered; the life of the patriarch was threatened; and a report was circulated that the British ambassador wished some Armenians killed to give him an excuse for bringing the fleet to Constantinople.

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  • 1781) he seized a slight reprimand administered by Washington as an excuse for abandoning his staff position.

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  • The cry of " British Hamilton " had no good excuse whatever.

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  • In 292, Lysimachus declared war against them, alleging as an excuse that they had rendered assistance to certain barbarous Macedonian tribes.

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  • In England a parish-ale or feast was always held after the perambulation, which assured its popularity, and in Henry VIII.'s reign the occasion had become an excuse for so much revelry that it attracted the condemnation of a preacher who declared "these solemne and accustomable processions and supplications be nowe growen into a right foule and detestable abuse."

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  • His excuse for going to Columbia had been that they needed money.

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  • "Excuse me," he said.

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  • She stammered, trying to think of an excuse why she couldn't go.

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  • Sarah made an excuse of putting Tammy down for a nap and left them alone.

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  • 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?

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  • What Howard provided was an excuse.

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  • In the meantime, she had to avoid Yancey while she thought up some excuse for leaving.

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  • Since they were scheduled to be too late for supper that day, it was a good excuse to eat out together.

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  • I was using my mother as an excuse.

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  • Excuse me for staring, but aren't you the young lady that had Ashley in a dither?

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  • Would you believe he covers up with the excuse that he's saving himself for one special girl?

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  • I have no excuse.

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  • Loving him was no excuse, because even knowing he didn't love her, she still couldn't find the decency to leave.

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  • "You're not getting away with that excuse every time you want to get out of something," Martha said.

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  • Betsy's loving boss presented the most difficulty but she used the excuse her new husband was transferred to New Hampshire.

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  • Don't use melancholy for an excuse for crass behavior.

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  • 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.

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  • I used the break in at Ethel Reagan's place as an excuse to have Howie visit both Boston burglaries.

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  • Molly seemed mollified, excuse the alliteration.

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  • I was right but at least they had an excuse.

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  • Molly accepted our excuse we were looking for someone without explanation as perused our first campground, unsuccessfully.

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  • I was trying to come up with an exit excuse when a gong sounded from above.

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  • He appeared to search for an excuse, anything not to be forced to go back.

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  • "Excuse me, ma'am," the boy called out in a quiet, nervous voice.

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  • He'd used the excuse of HQ moving to Miami a year before to upgrade everything in the room.

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  • "Poor excuse for not following my rules," he grumbled.

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  • I'm not sure how betraying everything your husband stood for would excuse anything you did.

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  • "Excuse me," Traci said, standing.

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  • Please excuse me, ikir.

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  • She wasn't going to give him an excuse to attack her.

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  • My old man beat me like a tom-tom at an Indian dance and he didn't need that much of an excuse.

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  • He stopped Fred when the old man began to excuse himself.

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  • Dean acknowledged he was still there and started to make an excuse for Cynthia's exit but Randy cut him short.

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  • He set down his glass, and taking Cynthia's hand, retreated from the parlor to the kitchen, without even bothering to make an excuse.

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  • Cynthia toted her camera equipment, in part at least as an excuse for the trip should they be questioned.

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  • If you're gonna discuss the Dawkins, I'd best excuse myself.

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  • I jump at any excuse to visit the high country.

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  • "What's your excuse for being here?" she asked.

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  • We'd better watch our step and not give him any excuse to harass us further.

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  • I thought a daughter was just an excuse to declare war on everyone.

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  • She had no such experience or excuse.

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  • The brothers on the Council were looking for any excuse to expel or kill him, and Andre was his only advocate.

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  • "Sightseeing," she managed, unable to think of any other excuse.

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  • "Excuse me, sis," she said, rising.

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  • You were an excuse for him to do what he did.

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  • Fred, who had tagged along, beat a hasty retreat downstairs, making the excuse of a trip to the library.

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  • Plus, Dean thought, it would give the old man a good excuse and ample time for some world-class snooping.

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  • He muttered some lame excuse, feigning making an error.

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  • 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.

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  • Excuse me, I'm new in town and I wonder if you could help me out?

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  • I have no excuse for my rudeness.

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  • Elisabeth, Sarah needs to see you, excuse us.

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  • If you will excuse me, I'm needed in the kitchen.

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  • Mrs. Thompson loves an excuse to eat cake.

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  • She would make Dean promise not to divulge his occupation, giving some weak excuse neither believed.

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  • 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.

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  • "It would be a wasted day," Dean answered but his voice lacked conviction and he couldn't think of a good excuse.

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  • "My wife," he said, for lack of a better excuse, "She's ill."

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  • "You'll have to excuse us," she said to Dean, "I have some friends I just have to introduce to Freddie."

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  • Do you suppose he's really meeting someone, or is that just an excuse to beat it?

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  • Probably just an excuse.

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  • He hadn't mentioned anything earlier about cutting the evening short so I figured it was an excuse.

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  • "Excuse me," she said.

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  • Now she would have no excuse.

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  • "If you'll excuse me," Darian said.

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  • Rather, he was looking for an excuse not to believe them.

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  • If you'll excuse us.

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  • It was the perfect excuse to teach Carmen how to handle a gun.

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  • Excuse me, but isn't that your land and don't you know every inch of it?

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  • He'd use that for an excuse and … Alex rolled his eyes and interrupted.

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  • Likely he was feeling emotional about it and using work as an excuse.

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  • Pretending she didn't see him, she tried to scramble quickly into the wagon so that he wouldn't have an excuse to touch her.

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  • Did he actually think she would enjoy brute force, or was that merely an excuse?

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  • Excuse me a minute.

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  • Men use that excuse as a means of retaining complete control.

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  • I've never been so angry with so little excuse.

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  • What's your excuse - or is it simply your slow southern way that makes you drag your feet?

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  • "Excuse me?" she raised her head.

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  • It has sunk into an empty parade; it is a mere affectation of humility, an apology and excuse for something better.

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  • Friday night is 70s and 80s night, and Cambridge people need as little excuse as anyone to don a kinky Afro and flares.

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  • Do you really think a mere ruptured aortic aneurysm is a good enough excuse to endanger Freedom?

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  • His excuse is that Mother Nature launched an unprovoked assault on Birmingham.

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  • Having a reasonable time slot gives the parents an excuse to sit down and have calming down time before their child's bedtime!

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  • We have an excuse to wear feather boas all weekend then.

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  • Mr Justice David Steel, hearing the case at first instance, dismissed this excuse as " transparently bogus " .

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  • Other news For all you budding botanists out there (excuse the pun ), the Garden Picture Library might be for you.

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  • If you're paying mega bucks for a large wide screen TV, there's really no excuse.

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  • Basically the advice is say ' excuse me ' for mouth burbs, ignore bottom burps.

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  • There is no excuse not to have an up-to-date virus checker.

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  • The last excuse for the occupation was that at least it prevented civil war, but this it very visibly is not doing.

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  • contrived an excuse for rounding up many of Roger's supporters.

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  • convenient excuse for someone else's failures.

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  • Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.

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  • crap excuse.

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  • If you need to overtake another cyclist, give a gentle ring on your bell or say ' Excuse me ' .

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  • Detective Sergeant Pete Hill from Nuneaton CID said, " This was a totally despicable act for which there can be no excuse.

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  • No more excuse for Prescott to let his crony corporate windfarm developers impose their brutal monstrosities upon local communities... .

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  • disobey an injunction without reasonable excuse.

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  • dodge present political crisis removes the last vestige of an excuse for again dodging the hard choices of institutional reform ", continued Provan.

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  • Clinging confusedly to this imposition on the majority is institutional and personal egotism for which there is no decent excuse.

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  • including shannon Elizabeth it remains a be the excuse.

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  • But after last night's escapade we both have an excuse if you fall asleep.

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  • excuse the pun!

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  • excuse all spelling [] as you can well fancy how I feel.

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  • Again he paused, and I could see that he was trying to invent an excuse.

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  • I suddenly realize what I've done and mumbling some excuse, I stumble outside.

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  • I was out alone on another " cannon test ", which was the usual thinly veiled excuse to look for trouble.

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  • The police then would find the excuse to charge the demo " .

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  • And just in case you think that's a thoroughly lame excuse, we're not talking about the Queen Mother.

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  • Any decision to accept reasonable excuse will be based on all the circumstances of your individual case.

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  • Claims that the icy pitch affected Arbroath more than the home side seemed a fairly feeble excuse.

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  • It is an offense to have an article with a blade or point in a public place without good reason or lawful excuse.

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  • For hourly employees address three basic medicare-active membersthat excuse it is blue cross blue shield of north carolina health insurance quote the.

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  • excuse of ignorance.

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  • excuse for inaction.

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  • excuse for failure to match the greatest need with the highest standards of care.

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  • excuse for more invasions, more laws, more restrictions.

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  • exodus of Kurdish refugees is more than an excuse.

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  • The Irish famine of 1845 gave him the excuse for which he was looking.

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  • feeble excuse about no beer in fridge.

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  • flimsy excuse or another.

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  • I've been quite busy of late and that is my somewhat flimsy excuse for the lack of updates.

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  • The excuse for such civic frivolity is the monarch's birthday.

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  • Excuse me, are you any relation to the Mrs greasy who runs a cafe in south London?

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  • gunshot echoes in her mind.) SCULLY: Excuse me.

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  • High leylandii hedges down both sides of the property was my excuse, yes I know that's weird!

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  • Excuse me... Some of these remarks may be felt by colleagues to be almost heretical, and possibly damaging to The Cause.

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  • Now there's no excuse for not knowing how to write your name in Egyptian hieroglyphics.

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  • There is no excuse for people leaving school illiterate.

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  • I hope you will excuse me for doing what is only my duty, although it may appear impertinent.

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  • interminglest its roots in intermingling of quot a great excuse.

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  • invent an excuse.

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  • Whatever the case may be, there is no excuse for lazy journalism.

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  • lame excuse for breeding... ... ... .

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  • lawful excuse.

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  • loaded shotgun in a public place without reasonable excuse.

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  • There should then be no excuse for the jobholder to feel inhibited about raising a matter of concern.

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  • misappropriate assets and commit fraud, some people are able to excuse their actions, thereby relieving any sense of guilt.

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  • mumblen>Mumbling an excuse, he went on into the kitchen.

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  • I don't think there was any particular reason to get quite so narked and ratty at the poor person offering up an excuse.

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  • As in the past, a fervent belief in supernatural nirvana is a good excuse to avoid doing anything practical about mundane earthly problems.

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  • oarsman's really no excuse for that sort of behavior, especially from allegedly experienced oarsmen.

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  • overcharge customers does not excuse motorists from getting their cars inspected.

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  • If I have n't pimped them enough already, this should be a good excuse to at least give them a try!

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  • MEEKIE 1: Excuse me - really sorry to bother you... TOUGHIE: What do you want, pipsqueak?

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  • pitiful excuse, when the government have been in power for nearly five years.

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  • The excuse from NTL is " lightning strikes on head end " which sounds quite plausible.

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  • Many British progressives have used the IRA campaign as an excuse to avoid these issues altogether.

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  • In a competition for articles under 500 words, there really isn't any excuse for not proofreading your work.

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  • Ok, back to spines, excuse the pun... ... ... .

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  • pyjamasif you'll excuse me, I have some imaginary pjamas to unbutton.

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  • All this makes for a genuine rarity: a biopic that seeks not to sanctify its subject, or excuse his many failings.

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  • ready-made excuse to close down debate.

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  • reasonable excuse, not to comply with the terms of the Restoration Order.

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  • representative democracy there by Britain provided an excuse for the dismantling of much of what was formerly in place.

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  • Still, the EPR's appearance has given the government an excuse to unleash tremendous repression.

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  • Also, the longer their sentences the less excuse later on for violent retribution from high-minded members of the public.

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  • A rather sad excuse for a bus took us to the fridge factory.

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  • samizdat writers have the excuse of a paper shortage for omitting paragraph spacing.

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  • What better excuse to invest in a new pair of strappy sandals now your feet are looking primed to perfection.

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  • Excuse my pencil scrawl but I write whilst laid in bed.

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  • self-justifying histories and from moral equations that excuse our folly.

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  • Shannon Elizabeth it remains a be the excuse.

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  • It is unlawful to carry a loaded shotgun in a public place without reasonable excuse.

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  • In Scotland, it is also an offense to sell a self-locking snare, or to possess one without reasonable excuse.

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  • Otherwise religion mutates into aggressive tribalism and an excuse for deliberate opportunistic taking of offense.

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  • So what excuse do " professional " web developers have for producing tat?

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  • Religion, Politics or Sport are all often the excuse for mindless thugs to use violence.

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  • Of course, it's really just an excuse to let you trot around various time zones hunting down monkeys.

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  • Some miners used this as an excuse for smuggling contraband tobacco underground.

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  • An excuse relating to heavy traffic is not normally accepted.

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  • tricks Barry be the excuse.

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  • trot out the same excuses but there is no excuse for not being aware of all the facts.

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  • twentieth centurythe its roots in a great excuse will love these.

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  • That the Japanese continue their sickening trade under the excuse it's all scientific research is just two-faced lies.

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  • There is a somewhat unseemly haste in the way he takes up her refrain to excuse his delayed recognition of his errors.

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  • Excuse me; if you don't understand the vernacular, let me translate.

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  • That so clear-headed a man could have credited the lies of Oates and the other perjurers is beyond belief; and the manner in which he excited baseless alarms, and encouraged fanatic cruelty, for nothing but party advantage, is without excuse.

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  • 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."

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  • There is no excuse for short play on his part, and his bowls would be better off the green than obstructing the path of subsequent bowls.

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  • In 1254 it received a charter from William II., count of Holland, similar to that of Haarlem, but in the 15th century duke Philip the Good of Burgundy made the impoverishment of the town, due to ill-government, the excuse for establishing an oligarchical regime, by charters of 1436 and 1437.

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  • In the last year of the war she was accompanied into Guienne by the duc de Nemours, her intimacy with whom gave La Rochefoucauld an excuse for abandoning her, and who himself immediately returned to his old mistress the duchesse de Chevreuse.

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  • Aeschines and Demades had no such excuse.

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  • His excuse s the popes refusal to dismiss his foreign levies (September 7).

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  • Their presence, however, was a sufficient excuse for Napoleon, under pressure of the clerical party, to send another expedition to Rome (26th of October).

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  • Most of the responsibility lay with the Vatican, which had arranged the procession in the way best calculated to irritate Italian feeling, but little excuse can be offered for the failure of the Italian authorities to maintain public order.

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  • From his Stoic teachers he learned to work hard, to deny himself, to avoid listening to slander, to endure misfortunes, never to deviate from his purpose, to be grave without affectation, delicate in correcting others, "not frequently to say to any one, nor to write in a letter, that I have no leisure," nor to excuse the neglect of duties by alleging urgent occupations.

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  • The excuse for which the government had been waiting Alteration was thus provided, and two days later the Duma was by ukaz dissolved.

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  • This theory of charging what the traffic will bear is an unpopular one, because it has been misapplied by railway managers and made an excuse for charging what the traffic will not bear.

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  • The weak parts of this story are the sudden and unexplained departure of the Simons; the subsequent useless cruelty of treating the child like a wild beast and keeping him in a dark room practically out of sight (unless any doubt of his identity was possible), while his sister was in comparative comfort; the cause of death, declared to be of long standing, but in fact developed with such rapidity; the insufficient excuse provided for the child's muteness under Gomin's regime (he had answered Barras) and the irregularities in the formalities in attending the death and the funeral, when a simple identification of the body by Marie Therese would have prevented any question of resuscitated dauphins.

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  • p. 266), so that Englishmen need no excuse for not being aware of one of Nitzsch's labours, though his more advanced work of 1829, presently to be mentioned, was not referred to by Sir R.

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  • Some excuse is to be made for this neglect.

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  • It is perfectly true that in several or even in many instances he acknowledges and deplores the poverty of his information, but this does not excuse him for making assertions (and such assertions are not unfrequent) based on evidence that is either wholly untrustworthy or needs further inquiry before it can be accepted (Ibis, 1860, pp. 331-335).

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  • Mingled with the religiosity of his nature there was much obstinacy and self-seeking; and when Kerbogha was finally repelled, he began to dispute the possession of Antioch with Bohemund, pleading in excuse his oath to Alexius.

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  • An opportune storm, however, gave the king an excuse for returning home, as Frederick II.

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  • onwards, as a cover and an excuse for secular ambitions of their own; and in this way they had certainly helped, in very large measure, to discourage the old religious zeal for the Holy War.

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  • It became a convention of diplomacy, designed to cover any particularly sharp piece of policy which needed some excuse; and the treaty of Granada, formed between Louis XII.

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  • But it was not only to the lay power that the Crusades gave an excuse for taxation; the papacy also profited.

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  • monster of iniquity; but, in spite of the harshness and occasional cruelty with which he treated his religious opponents, for which an excuse may be found in the obstinate fanaticism of the monks,.

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  • For this admixture of secular with spiritual aims there was considerable excuse.

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  • His contumacy was made the excuse for the outlawry of himself and his family.

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  • In Chanda and Deogarh the Gond rajas were suffered by Raghoji Bhonsla and his successor to carry on a shadowy existence for a while, in order to give them an excuse for avoiding the claims of the peshwa as their overlord; though actually decisions in important matters were sought at Poona.

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  • His political indiscretions at Dresden were made the excuse for bitter persecutions: scandalmongers made his friendship with the ill-fated king a danger to both; and Wagner was obliged to retire to Triebschen near Lucerne for the next six years.

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  • In spite of the necessary allusions to the ominous theme of the curse, which would give any less great composer ample excuse for succumbing to the listener's sense of impending doom, Wagner's music speaks to us through the child-minds of the Rhine-daughters and terrifies us with the ruthless calm of Nature.

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  • The chief excuse for doubting whether Wagner's last work is really his greatest is that most of its dramatic subtleties are beyond musical expression, since they do not lead to definite conflicts and blendings of emotion.

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  • When amongst the litter of a properly mated, highly bred fox-terrier, pups are found with long bodies and thick short legs and feet, breeders are disposed to excuse the result by the supposition that the bitch has been contaminated by some earlier mating.

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  • The cardinal, though ignorant of the details of the plot, perhaps suspected Wishart's knowledge of it, and in any case was not sorry to have an excuse for seizing one of the most eloquent supporters of the new opinions.

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  • His immoralities, like his acts of persecution, were exaggerated by his opponents; but his private life was undoubtedly a scandal to religion, and has only the excuse that it was not worse than that of most of his order at the time.

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  • Their servility awakened the bitterest contempt of their conquerors and forms the best excuse for the unparalleled severity of the French yoke.

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  • The enemy, having everything to gain and nothing to lose thereby, agreed finally to a six weeks' suspension of arms. This was perhaps the gravest military error of Napoleon's whole career, and his excuse for it, " want of adequate cavalry," is the strongest testimony as to the value of that arm.

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  • The death of Latouche Treville, 10th of August 1804, supplied an excuse for delay.

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  • Nor, when the life and works are examined is the neglect without excuse.

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  • The law of course was clear that the "punctilio which swordsmen falsely do call honour" was no excuse for wilful murder.

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  • Harold's perjury formed the chief excuse for the Norman Conquest of England, which in reality was a piratical venture resembling that of the sons of Tancred d'Hauteville in Lower Italy.

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  • On the 7th the Hungarian diet formally refused to acknowledge the title of the new king, " as without the knowledge and consent of the diet no one could sit on the Hungarian throne," and called the nation to arms. Constitutionally, in the Magyar opinion, Ferdinand was still king of Hungary, and this gave to the revolt an excuse of legality.

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  • Dalberg's subservience, as a prince of the Confederation, to Napoleon was specially resented since, as a priest, he had no excuse of necessity on the ground of saving family or dynastic interests; his fortunes therefore fell with those of Napoleon, and, when he died on the 10th of February 1817, of all his dignities he was in possession only of the archbishopric of Regensburg.

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  • A well-known legal maxim runs: ignorantia juris non excusat ("ignorance of the law does not excuse").

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  • It is under this closer occupation with mechanical conditions that surgery to-day is said - not without excuse, but with no more than superficial truth - to have made more progress than medicine.

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  • There was some faint excuse for Frederick's wrath.

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  • An excuse was provided in the fact that the poet had a copy of some unpublished poems of Frederick's, and as soon as Voltaire arrived hands were laid on him, at first with courtesy enough.

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  • The only excuse made for the alternate cringing and insult, the alternate abuse and lying, which marked his course in this matter, has been the very weak plea that a man cannot fight with a system - a plea which is sufficiently answered by the retort that a great many men have so fought and have won.

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  • in length; with such coils, and a sufficient annular space in the pan free from obstruction, in order to allow a natural down-current of the cooking mass, while an up-current all round is also naturally produced by the action of the heated worms or coils, rapid evaporation and crystallization can be obtained, without any mechanical adjuncts to require attention or afford excuse for negligence.

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  • This, together with certain outstanding grievances and the pretext of enforcing the settlement of the Greek Question approved by the powers, gave Russia the excuse for declaring war against Turkey.

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  • Mahomet early found an excuse for attacking the Jews, who were naturally in the way of his schemes.

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  • It includes within its limits the once famous district of the "Kroumirs," 2 a tribe whose occasional thefts of cattle across the frontier gave the French an excuse to invade Tunisia in 1881.

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  • Summer sees the lotus (renge) convert wide expanses of lake and river into sheets of white and red blossoms; a comparatively flowerless interval ensues until, in October and November, the chrysanthemum arrives to furnish an excuse for fashionable gatherings.

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  • so good an excuse for intervention; but it was the opposition of Baden to the formation of a South German confederation that made the ultimate union inevitable.

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  • Little excuse can be made for his opposition to Pitt's commercial policy towards Ireland.

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  • Pope, with less excuse, put him in the Dunciad towards the end of his life, but he confessed to Spence in private that Defoe had written many things and none bad.

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  • For here again the restoration of the disinherited prince of Constantinople supplied an excuse quite as plausible as the liquidation of the debt to Venice.

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  • But it is not impertinent, and is at the same time an excuse for what has been already said, to repeat that Villehardouin's book, brief as it is, is in reality one of the capital books of literature, not merely for its merit, but because it is the most authentic and the most striking embodiment in contemporary literature of the sentiments which determined the action of a great and important period of history.

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  • He immediately proceeded to muzzle opposition by stringent press laws, and the discovery of minor liberal conspiracies afforded an excuse for further repression.

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  • This at least is the excuse for the entire exclusion of Chinese labourers from the United States since 1882 (provisions made more severe in 1888 and 1892) (see also the article Co01.IE).

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  • Before the truce expired a disputed succession to the duchy of Brittany gave Edward an excuse for renewing hostilities with France.

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  • The labour devoted to an investigation is with Hallam no excuse for dwelling on the result, unless that is in itself important.

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  • The whole of the responsibility for this crime, therefore, rests with Catherine; unlike the populace, she had not even the excuse of fanaticism.

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  • The asiarch however refused, urging as an excuse that the games were over.

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  • This gave the princes an excuse for the theory that the decrees of Constance and Basel were still in force, limiting the papal prerogatives in all respects not noticed in the concordat.

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  • The capture of Constantinople by the Turks afforded a new excuse for papal taxation.

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