• The King Begs Pardon
    The King Begs Pardon
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n begging a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A begging dog forms a letter J A begging dog forms a letter J
A puppy begs for food from his master who is a coppersmith A puppy begs for food from his master who is a coppersmith
An art critic that has damaged an artist's painting with his pen, begs to not have his art essays cut up An art critic that has damaged an artist's painting with his pen, begs to not have his art essays cut up

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n begging The act of asking or soliciting; the occupation of a beggar.
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  • Francis Quarles
    “The act is unjustifiable that either begs for a blessing, or, having succeeded gives no thanksgiving.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The key to getting everything you want is to never put all your begs in one ask-it!”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “If begging should unfortunately be thy lot, knock at the large gates only.”
  • Anatole France
    “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor, to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Common people do not pray; they only beg.”


Beg the question - In philosophy "to beg the question" is to assume something to be true that has not yet been proved. I have seen the idiom also to mean that a question is crying out to be asked.


In literature:

Every day the young fellow used to go out and get what he could by begging.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
My mother begged and wept, my father scolded and threatened, and thus I was obliged to yield and be a dutiful son.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
I had to beg my first from a neighbour.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Mr. Pullman, as usual, objected, and we beg the reader to mark his objections.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
I now beg you to impart to me the reason of your visit.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
I had a little doggy that used to sit and beg; But Doggy tumbled down the stairs and broke his little leg.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
I beg you to read this part of my letter to my good and dear friend, Lord Melbourne, to whom I beg to be kindly remembered.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
Among Turkish men and women of high rank stroll poor ragamuffins and dervishes or begging monks.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
So far as relates to myself, whatever the order was, I beg leave to express to you my sense of their favor, and wish to merit it.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
At length Mr Hooker, having unpacked his books, various instruments, and other articles, begged that the cases might be stowed away below.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Under a midnight stone
Love was buried by thieves;
The robbed heart begs for a bone,
The damned rustle like leaves.
"Eyes Look Into The Well" by W H Auden
"Oh! be not rash," her father said,
A mild Socratic bird;
Her mother begged her not to stray
With many a warning word.
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
They begged that he would stay,
Believed the truths unfurled,
And joyfully received that day
The Saviour of the world.
"The Living Water" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
But I'll confess my guilt to thee,
And grieve for all my sin;
I'll mourn how weak my graces be,
And beg support divine.
"Psalm 38" by Isaac Watts
"Alas, sweet maid, love's potent charm
I cannot beg or buy,
I cannot wrest it from the wind
Or steal it from the sky--"
"I Whispered To The Bobolink" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
"And can you read, and can you write?"
Poor Jimmy shook his head,
"No, sir, I have to beg all day,
At night I go to bed.
"The Dean's Brother" by John Hartley

In news:

This was 1988, on Chicago's South Side, and six-year-old Dwyane kept begging to come along.
Restaurant Review ABC Bar and Grill: Uninspired barbecue begs for better, smokier flavor.
With a state anti-begging law thrown out, the Holland City Council will consider Wednesday its own ordinance to control begging.
From last week's Council study session, on the prospect of revising the city's complete ban on 'Begging' to 'no person shall beg or solicit.under any of the following circumstances.
Web begs you to take time to waste time .
The NBA is practically begging Mark Cuban to make David Stern's day.
No-begging zones shouldn't be legal (poll).
Wimps beg after the fact.
"Crystal begged Hef to let her come back," a source told Radar.
Poetifully, Youngerly, Ogden Nash's Poetry Begs an Encore, Wonderfully .
Fear that Yugoslavia 's Prince Paul might sway toward the Fascist camp prompted the Yugoslavian ambassador in Washington to send an impassioned plea to Belgrade, begging the prince not to give in to Hitler.
De La Salle's Cook 'begged' to start football in 1960s .
Abandoned puppies begging for a home.
Parents beg out of rezoning.
TV-Drama Obama, Rockers Who Beg : The Week's Best Pop-Culture Writing.

In science:

In other words, it seems that even classical particles must be completely indistinguishable! This result is obviously highly problematic —in fact, we beg an our whole argument by pointing out that classical particles are distinguishable objects par excellence.
How Classical Particles Emerge From the Quantum World
In our case, whether the indices and the quantities labelled by them possess physical signi ficance is precisely the issue under discussion, and it would therefore be question begging to assume this signi ficance.
How Classical Particles Emerge From the Quantum World
This can be done directly, but it can also easily be derived from the Bapat-Beg theorem, of which the following is a special case (see the appendix for a proof).
Random lifts of $K_5\setminus e$ are 3-colourable
As mentioned above, Lemma 6 is a special case of the Bapat-Beg theorem.
Random lifts of $K_5\setminus e$ are 3-colourable
As we have seen at the beg inn ing, Shor's a lgori thms a l low to break cryp tosystems based on the hardness of factoring or d iscre te logari thm's computa tion . One kind of a l ternative cryp tosystems proposed is based on lattices.
The Hidden Subgroup Problem