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Hello Teacher, I often heard this sentence when I watched the TV. What does this mean?
I beg your indulgence.
It sounds very old-fashioned to me. I have been known to utter a few outdated expressions, but I don't think I have ever used that.
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This may not be formal in AmE but would be considered very formal and uncommon in UK English!
In using this, you could be asking someone very important to be kind or generous to you.
I've heard it used in legal contexts - "I beg the indulgence of the court" or "I beg your indulgence your Honour" (when addressing the judge) but rarely (never?) in conversational use so I'd back up those saying that in BrE it's considered very formal.