to ask for as a gift, as charity, or as a favor:
to beg alms; to beg forgiveness.
to ask (someone) to give or do something; implore:
He begged me for mercy. Sit down, I beg you.
to take for granted without basis or justification:
a statement that begs the very point we’re disputing.
to fail or refuse to come to grips with; avoid; evade:
a report that consistently begs the whole problem.
to ask alms or charity; live by asking alms.
to ask humbly or earnestly:
begging for help; begging to differ.
(of a dog) to sit up, as trained, in a posture of entreaty.
beg off, to request or obtain release from an obligation, promise, etc.:
He had promised to drive us to the recital but begged off at the last minute.
beg the question, to assume the truth of the very point raised in a question.
go begging, to remain open or available, as a position that is unfilled or an unsold item:
The job went begging for lack of qualified applicants.
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verb begs, begging, begged
when intr, often foll by for. to solicit (for money, food, etc), esp in the street
to ask (someone) for (something or leave to do something) formally, humbly, or earnestly: I beg forgiveness, I beg to differ
(intransitive) (of a dog) to sit up with forepaws raised expectantly
to leave unanswered or unresolved: to beg a point
beg the question
to evade the issue
to assume the thing under examination as proved
to suggest that a question needs to be asked: the firm’s success begs the question: why aren’t more companies doing the same?
go begging, go a-begging, to be unwanted or unused
a variant of bey
big evil grin
beg the question
beg to differ
- Begging bowl
noun a bowl carried by a beggar, esp a Franciscan or other friar or a Buddhist monk, to receive food or alms Contemporary Examples Brad Gooch’s Favorite Reads Brad Gooch April 6, 2009 U.S. Ally Qatar Shelters Jihadi Moneymen Jamie Dettmer December 9, 2014 Historical Examples Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda Travels in the […]
- Begging letter
noun a letter asking for money sent esp by a stranger to someone known to be rich Historical Examples Dangerous Ground Lawrence L. Lynch Sunrise William Black The Mormon Prophet Lily Dougall The Judge Rebecca West The Mistress of Shenstone Florence L. Barclay A Monk of Cruta E. Phillips Oppenheim Fantmas Pierre Souvestre Americans and […]
to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of some action; commence; start: The story begins with their marriage. to come into existence; arise; originate: The custom began during the Civil War. to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of (some action): Begin the job tomorrow. to originate; be the originator of: […]
- Begin to see daylight
Realize that a task is finally nearing completion, that success or the right solution is near at hand. For example, I’ve been working on this experiment for two years and I’m finally beginning to see daylight . The noun daylight has been a metaphor for knowledge and solution since the late 1600s. Also see light […]