These new enclosures and houses arise out of the beggaring of the parts of the country distant from the vortex of the funds.
By such maxims as these, however, nations have been taught that their interest consisted in beggaring all their neighbours.
Then, my false friend; and thou would'st end by beggaring me quite.
What you greatly need is some one to look after you and your sister and to prevent you from beggaring yourself and her.
Over the metropolitan area, the scene was one beggaring description.
If they could succeed in doing so, the result would be absurd; they would all be trying to grow richer by beggaring each other.
Your scheme for beggaring your children, and enriching yourself, clever as it is, is killed in the bud.
Judge of the Fêtes now that the fools have got the sanction of the British Parliament to their beggaring principles.
Fantastic garbs, beggaring all fancy of a Teniers or a Callot, succeed each other, like monster devouring monster in a Dream.
The great capitals were covered with beautiful sculpture, beggaring description.
c.1200, from Old French begart, originally a member of the Beghards, lay brothers of mendicants in the Low Countries, from Middle Dutch beggaert "mendicant," of uncertain origin, with pejorative suffix (see -ard). Cf. Beguine. Early folk etymology connected the English word with bag. Form with -ar attested from 14c., but begger was more usual 15c.-17c. The feminine form beggestere is attested as a surname from c.1300. Beggar's velvet was an old name for "dust bunnies." "Beggers should be no choosers" is in Heywood (1562).
"reduce to poverty," mid-15c., from beggar (n.). Related: Beggared; beggaring. Figurative use by 1640s.