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.
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.
A simple strategy is to excuse oneself to go to the toilet and then take a few minutes to engage in deep breathing while working out how best to deal with the situation.