beg off


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v beg off ask for permission to be released from an engagement
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In literature:

I beg, madame, that you will not cast me off.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
The third attempt upon my life was made by this most excellent and hospitable lady; but I gave way, and had to beg off.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
Be off, and do your begging in Italy!
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
But there seemed to be no way of begging off from the trial.
"Ruth Fielding at Briarwood Hall" by Alice B. Emerson
Prue had begged off from even wiping the dishes, because she had to dress.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Mamma has an appointment up town that I can easily beg off from.
"Mixed Faces" by Roy Norton
My lady would have had more invited, but Mrs. Colvin begged off; and so you and the young ladies are much favoured.
"The Fairchild Family" by Mary Martha Sherwood
He was ashamed to beg off.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The few left standing pulled off their hats and begged for mercy.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
As she was gazing with all her eyes, the equerry, taking off his hat with great politeness, begged her to enter the vehicle.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 29, May 1893" by Various

In poetry:

They begged him to spare from his personal store
A single cork garment - they asked for no more;
But he couldn't, because of the number of oaths
That he never - no, never! - would take off his clothes.
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Perhaps you’re going out to dine,—­
Some odious creature begs
You’ll hear about the cannon-ball
That carried off his pegs,
And says it is a dreadful thing
For men to lose their legs.
"The Music-Grinders" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

I beg you not to set off your fireworks on New Years.
Fresh off the griddle or out of the oven, they are light and chewy, full of nooks and crannies begging for butter or jam.
Quinn kicked off the day with an impassioned plea to allow the evidence, saying he had never begged a court for anything throughout a more than 30-year legal career but was begging now.
So lately, I've found myself nearly begging my friends who work eight-to-five jobs to take a least one day off work to get out with me on some hike or another.
All of which begs the question: If last mile 's still alive and kicking at many companies, why has it dropped off the strategic radar screen.
Will the new president's mega-million-dollar makeover of the main library scare off scholars and leave the branches begging.
Tiger Woods, 33, phoned his off-and-on girlfriend, 24 year-old Los Angeles cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs, and left a message in which he begged her to change her voicemail greeting.
Hostess shutting down, the target of many a fat joke begged off.
Texas Music singer-songwriter Rusty Wier was supposed to play a show this Saturday at Cowtown Sports Bar & Grill — his second there and about his millionth in Fort Worth — but had to beg off.
BETTER OFF DEAD In October in Orange County, California, Billy Joe Johnson, who had just been convicted of murder as a hit man for a white supremacist gang, begged the judge and jury, in all sincerity, to sentence him to death.
(AP) — The parents of a missing 10-month-old Kansas City girl are begging that she be dropped off someplace safe, no questions asked.
So when asked Friday at a news conference about Twinkies -maker Hostess shutting down, the target of many a fat joke begged off.

In science:

This observation naturally begs the question of whether and when this trade-off really exists or if it is simply a result of the looseness in the bounds.
Learning Manifolds with K-Means and K-Flats