excuse me? (1)
You can use this to ask someone to repeat what they've just said, either because you couldn't hear them or because you couldn't understand them.
- It was too noisy to talk. After we'd each said "Excuse me?" a few times, we laughed and stopped trying.
- "You've got acid reflux."
"It's when the acid in your stomach gets into your oesophagus and causes heartburn."
Said at normal volume and with a rising tone.
This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
I was talking to Katie, but I kept saying "Excuse me?" because
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