beg off

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

beg + off

Verb[edit]

beg off (third-person singular simple present begs off, present participle begging off, simple past and past participle begged off)

  1. (idiomatic) To avoid, or cancel some event that one has previously arranged with someone.
    I wonder if I can beg off going to the meeting that day, since it will take me an extra 2 hours out of my way.

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