beg off

begged off; begging off; begs 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

Other Words from beg off

beg-off \ ˈbeg-​ˌȯf How to pronounce beg off (audio) \ noun

Examples of beg off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Howard Wolfson, a Bloomberg adviser who also worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, told the Washington Post’s Michael Scherer that the seventy-seven-year old Bloomberg would beg off the first four contests. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2019 Most athletes beg off chores involving tennis politics. Elizabeth Weil, New York Times, 22 Aug. 2019 Talbot: While a lot of players begged off of playing for Team USA this summer — even DeMar DeRozan isn’t playing — White has made the most of his time so far. Nick Talbot,, 10 Aug. 2019 Carroll joked when begging off on the invitation and promising to return the next day to pick up Egan, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported at the time. Washington Post, 23 June 2018 But John Glenn never begged off anything in his life. Bob Greene, WSJ, 5 June 2018 Think of all the ways to beg off such an assignment. Bob Greene, WSJ, 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, 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,, 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of beg off

1788, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of beg off was in 1788

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“Beg off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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