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begar

[bey-gahr] /ˈbeɪ gɑr/
noun, Indian English.
1.
compulsory labor, as for the repair of bridges or roads.
Origin of begar
< Hindi bēgār < Persian
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  • begar excellent vel: and if you speake pour moy, I shall procure you de gesse of all de gentlemen mon patinces.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
  • begar den I haue as mockuater as de Inglish Iack dog, knaue.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
  • Now ick sall revange; hay, begar, me sal tartar de whole generation!

  • begar, you wait—plenty fire jess now—plenty knock and squeal; oh yes, sar.

    The Iron Pirate Max Pemberton
  • begar, I shall have no girl to myself—all de girl in my house vill come after dis jolie garçon!

    Fontainbleau John O'Keeffe
  • She has no knowlidg of the cake, whitch was so dryed up, a begar woold not touch it.

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