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    While one tour guide was giving a tour to a new group of students at a college someone stopped the tour guide by saying "time out". The tour guide was stopped in the middle of her tour because she was giving a little bit of wrong information. I thought "excuase me for intorruption" is a normal way to get somebody's attention.

    Could someone explain what did "time out" mean at that particular situation? THANKS

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    Re: Time out

    Time out is an idiom with roots in sports, when play is temporarily paused. While not outright rude, it is much more informal and depending on the tone could be considered a bit impolite in the case you mentioned. "Excuse me" or something similar would show more deference and probably be a little more polite.

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