verb (used with object), begged, beg·ging.
verb (used without object), begged, beg·ging.
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Idioms for beg
- to assume the truth of the very point raised in a question.
- to evade the issue or avoid a direct answer.
- to raise the question; inspire one to ask.
Origin of beg1
synonym study for beg
historical usage of beg
OTHER WORDS FROM beghalf-begging, adjectiveun·begged, adjective
Definition for beg (2 of 3)
Origin of beg2
Definition for beg (3 of 3)
Example sentences from the Web for beg
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s cash-strapped public school districts have begged for relief from the excessive tuition bills they must pay to the online schools.How a soccer club won a $1.2 million grant from DeVos’s Education Department to open a charter school|Valerie Strauss|December 3, 2020|Washington Post
It was a cri de coeur that, given the season, begs comparisons to the Festivus airing of grievances from George Costanza’s father on “Seinfeld” — another older Queens man unable to gracefully accept the nature of the world around him.
A little wine and time make this pot roast tender and flavorfulSo, latkes are something I’ve obsessed over since I was a kid, begging my mom to make them for me year-round.This crisp, classic potato latke recipe delivers a satisfying, celebratory crunch|Olga Massov|November 30, 2020|Washington Post
This year, the epidemiologists are begging us to stay home and celebrate Thanksgiving only among members of the same household.
Weeks later, in an emotional video shared by the city of Arlington, the family is begging others to avoid gathering with anyone outside their immediate household.A birthday lunch left 15 Texas relatives battling covid-19: ‘Please don’t be like my family’|Andrea Salcedo|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
According to the sheriff, 18-year-old Levi Weaver begged the officer to shoot him, and then leapt at him.
She begged hospital staff to let her keep the rods and screws.
I begged the doctors to save my children [as] I watched them grow weaker and weaker every day.‘Her Survival Was a Miracle’: The 6-Year-Old Who Beat Ebola|Wade C.L. Williams|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I used to hang out with them all day and begged him to teach me.Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber|Marlow Stern|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a hearing with UN leaders do discuss Ebola, one health worker in West Africa begged the commission for help.Health Care Worker Pleads With UN: Help Ebola Victims Dying ‘Horrible, Undignified Death’|Abby Haglage|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In one prison he found a cell so narrow and noisome that the poor wretch who inhabited it begged as a mercy for hanging.History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)|John Richard Green
It was she, surely, who had spoken first, when she begged to be released from his pressure.The Eustace Diamonds|Anthony Trollope
I inherited some of his cases, and Marbury was one of those who begged me to come in at the emergency.The Blue Wall|Richard Washburn Child
Gretel, as soon as she saw what was up, begged to be taken along, and found a cloak for herself in the room.The Road to Paris|Robert Neilson Stephens
They fell at the martyrs' feet, and begged that they would reconcile them together, for a dissension had happened between them.The Lives of the Saints, Volume III (of 16): March|Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for beg (1 of 2)
verb begs, begging or begged
- to evade the issue
- to assume the thing under examination as proved
- to suggest that a question needs to be askedthe firm's success begs the question: why aren't more companies doing the same?
Word Origin for beg
usage for beg
British Dictionary definitions for beg (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with beg
In addition to the idioms beginning with beg
- beginning of the end, the
- begin to see daylight
- begin to see the light
- begin with
- beg off
- beg the question
- beg to differ
- go begging