good excuse

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Well, madam," said Allworthy, "I shall be very glad to hear any good excuse for a behaviour which, I must confess, I think wants an excuse.
I told him the distance and the road, and I told him of the church's being so very well worth seeing; for as he has a taste for those sort of things, I thought that would be a good excuse, and he listened with all his understanding and soul; and I am sure from his manner that you will have him calling here soon.
I thought he was no more than summing up his catastrophes so as to get violent with good excuse, as men will do, and I tried to make him understand such things was trifles.
He had a good excuse for running away--his grief at the death of his son; and also he had a good excuse for not returning--the fact that they had left Packingtown.
She was not afraid; but the force to which she was opposed gave her a good excuse to hold on to her husband extra tight.
I should have liked nothing better than a reasonably good excuse to punch his head; yet, paradoxically, I was ashamed of myself for harboring him any ill will.
He had not this good excuse for his somewhat aggressive impulse to promulgate his felicity; his sentiment was of another quality.
But the motion of the canoe gave rise to new ideas, and fortunately afforded a good excuse to the young man to change the discourse.
The last twenty-four hours we staid in Damascus I lay prostrate with a violent attack of cholera, or cholera morbus, and therefore had a good chance and a good excuse to lie there on that wide divan and take an honest rest.
I says to her, says I, `Do you s'pose that'll be held for a good excuse in the day of Jedgment, when you'll have to account for that poor old mother's life?
She may tear it tonight, and that will be a good excuse for offering a decent one.
After every action requiring exertion, it is conscience that saves us, for it supplies us with a thousand good excuses, of which we alone are judges; and these reasons, howsoever excellent in producing sleep, would avail us but very little before a tribunal, when we were tried for our lives.