beggar belief


chiefly British
: to be unbelievable or not deserving to be believed : to defy belief
It almost beggars belief that anyone can be so cruel.

Examples of beggar belief in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His war stories are a torrent of near-death experiences that beggar belief: shooting his way out of ambushes, evading Burma Army forces closing in on three sides, or coming face-to-face with an ISIS fighter in a trench — the tales often close with the punchline We almost got smoked. Jason Motlagh, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2023 The idea that Swift might really have provided a dossier of wrongdoing to the divorcee in question would seem to beggar belief. Chris Willman, Variety, 20 Oct. 2022 Some of the points raised against this proposal are so dishonest as to beggar belief. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2021

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“Beggar belief.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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