beg off


Definition of beg off 

intransitive verb

: to ask to be excused from something

transitive verb

: to ask or gain permission to be excused from begged off attending the party

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Other Words from beg off

beg-off \ ˈbeg-​ˌȯf \ noun

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But John Glenn never begged off anything in his life. Bob Greene, WSJ, "When RFK Died, John Glenn Faced His Toughest Duty," 5 June 2018 Think of all the ways to beg off such an assignment. Bob Greene, WSJ, "When RFK Died, John Glenn Faced His Toughest Duty," 5 June 2018 The New York Times reported that Trump had ordered Mueller to be fired in June, only to beg off after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign in protest. Alex Shephard, New Republic, "Republicans are insulating Trump in case he fires Robert Mueller.," 30 Jan. 2018 Gers begged off a question about a reported FBI investigation into the IAAF decision to bypass a formal bid process when awarding the 2021 World Outdoor Championships. Ken Goe,, "IAAF visit to Oregon ahead of 2021 world track championships leaves unanswered questions," 17 Jan. 2018 Saban begged off comparing his own personality to Smart's. Michael Casagrande,, "Live updates: Nick Saban, Kirby Smart talk CFP championship," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of beg off

1788, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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