Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To shake off.
  • v. To examine (a document).
  • v. To decipher.
  • v. To seize and detain by law.
  • v. To proceed against a principal debtor where there are either joint debtors or debtors and sureties.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To shake off; to discard.
  • transitive v. To inspect; to investigate; to decipher.
  • transitive v. To seize and detain by law, as goods.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shake off or out; get rid of.
  • To discuss; unfold; decipher.
  • To seize and detain by law, as goods.

Etymologies

Latin excussus (past participle of excutere ("to shake off")). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I've been in on more than one of these blogpiles, sometimes out of passion and sometimes aout of dtrategy, and I make no excuss for either motivation, because the wingnuts have done so much worse.

    Solzhenitsyn Biographer: Cross-In-Dirt Gulag Story Never Happened

  • What a miserable excuss for a man let alone a president.

    Think Progress » Tony Snow Attacks President Carter

  • In the bunker is not a place for Bobby to stay, and he always has the excuss that he didn't know it, and Bobby is the first Taft ever seen, that landed one out of bunker with six divits.

    Enough is Enough!!!!

  • Including using his dying grandmother as an excuss.

    Army Rumour Service

  • My excuss being that I lie outside the demographic.

    The Guardian World News

  • I truely think that she scrambled around to come up with an excuss.

    Blogger News Network

  • Looks, smells and wabbles like the Republicans are searching for an excuss to get rid of Steele so as to keep thier racist-leaning-base happy and they do not want racism to be an accusation for attacking Steel; even though, thier most prominte leader, Rushbo is clearly racist and expressed racist tainted views regarding Steele.

    CNN Political Ticker

  • She has made no secret, she keeps a bag packed, just in case she has an excuss to go back to Alaska.

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  • We are field testers for Rapala/Williamson products so this was a good excuss.

    Waldo's Virginia Political Blogroll

  • No matter what the excuss is you still make that decision.

    Modestly Yours

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