excuse oneself

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See: decline, reject
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GENTLE READER: The third option is to excuse oneself from the table and pick the offending item out in private.
The best approach is to excuse oneself and head for the restroom to take care of the problem in private (or semiprivate, as the case may be).
And thinking of where we are heading, brings to mind the Un-Christian behaviour and attitude of many of us living in this world.AaAa Gambling and getting drunk, indecent dressing totally against the country's culture -Aa adultery is a sin, and one cannot excuse oneself by saying that he/she was drunk, which is another vice.Aa And how can anyone be so callous, as to complain about some poor people taking a nap at the airport?