I answered his questions perfunctorily, begging off that I was soon to return to my dorm, as I was tired.
When even Warren Buffett looks bad, the financial world is begging for a backlash.
Several generations have been born and have grown up in these cheap sheet-metal homes, begging the state for help.
A few days later, a Half-Breed delegation arrived in Washington, begging for his assistance.
That decision ultimately brought the institution to its knees, leaving Citi literally begging Uncle Sam to step in and save it.
I saw that she was confused; I saw that he was begging for something.
That is the way with old men, begging your pardon for using the phrase.
Instantly I gave him an account of the dead dog, begging to know how he thought it had happened.
Your prairs can never be refused, especially when it is begging for a life only to serve the King.
So he did not see Umballa upon his knees, whining for mercy, making futile promises, begging for liberty.
c.1200, perhaps from Old English bedecian "to beg," from Proto-Germanic *beth-; or possibly from Anglo-French begger, from Old French begart (see beggar). The Old English word for "beg" was wædlian, from wædl "poverty." Of trained dogs, 1816.
As a courteous mode of asking (beg pardon, etc.), first attested c.1600. To beg the question translates Latin petitio principii, and means "to assume something that hasn't been proven as a basis of one's argument," thus "asking" one's opponent to give something unearned, though more of the nature of taking it for granted without warrant.
That the poor existed among the Hebrews we have abundant evidence (Ex. 23:11; Deut. 15:11), but there is no mention of beggars properly so called in the Old Testament. The poor were provided for by the law of Moses (Lev. 19:10; Deut. 12:12; 14:29). It is predicted of the seed of the wicked that they shall be beggars (Ps. 37:25; 109:10). In the New Testament we find not seldom mention made of beggars (Mark 10:46; Luke 16:20, 21; Acts 3:2), yet there is no mention of such a class as vagrant beggars, so numerous in the East. "Beggarly," in Gal. 4:9, means worthless.