beg leave

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of beg leave

formal + old-fashioned
:to ask for permission followed by to + verb
  • We beg leave to offer our humble thanks.
  • I beg leave to differ with you, sir.

Word by Word Definitions

beg play
  1. : to ask for as a charity (see charity 1a)

  2. : to ask earnestly for : entreat

  3. : to require as necessary or appropriate

leave play
  1. : bequeath, devise

  2. : to have remaining after one's death

  3. : to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect

  1. : permission to do something

  2. : authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment

  3. : an act of leaving : departure

  1. : leaf


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