Excuse me (angry/question intonation)

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emanko

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Arabic- Egyptian
Hello

Abigail owns half of a café. The other half is owned by Henry. Bill buys Henry's share. Abigail goes to the cafe and finds Bill cooking! She says:
Abigail: What are doing here , Bill?
Bill: Making breakfast.
Abigail: With my pan and my eggs?!
Bill: Actually , our pan and our eggs.
Abigail: Excuse me?!
She says "excuse me" with a question intonation.
Another example: Two male friends in their twenties,
A: Hey, I really like your mom. She agreed to go out on a date with me.
B: Excuse me?!

From the context , I understand that in this situation and and other similar ones, "excuse me" can be used to show the listener that what they said is weird or unacceptable; it's as if the phrase carries an undertone of disbelief meaning "how dare you say that" or "I can't believe you just said that, but I'm going to pretend I didn't hear it and I will ask you to repeat. At the same time, I'm raising my intonation so you know I didn't like what you said".

Am I correct in my understanding?

Thank you
 
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