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an expression of apology (used especially in the phrase with no beg-pardons).


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  • Beg the question

    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 […]

  • Beg to differ

    Disagree with someone, as in John told me Max was sure to win, but I beg to differ—I don’t think he has a chance . This courteous formula for expressing disagreement echoes similar uses of beg in the sense of “ask,” such as I beg your pardon , so used since about 1600. Also see […]

  • Beg, borrow, or steal

    Obtain by any possible means, as in You couldn’t beg, borrow, or steal tickets to the Olympics. This term is often used in the negative, to describe something that cannot be obtained; Chaucer used it in The Tale of the Man of Law. [ Late 1300s ]

  • Begorra

    (used as a euphemism for by God): It’s a fine day, begorra. Historical Examples Thin, begorra, yez may as well get off the car an’ fire away at wanst. Sporting Society, Vol. I (of 2) Various begorra, you’re wilcome to no more watermillons, ye’ll find! The Universal Reciter Various The man for whose benefit the […]

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