begathon

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of beg and telethon.

Noun[edit]

begathon (plural begathons)

  1. (slang, derogatory) A fundraising drive that actively solicits donations, especially one to support a public television or radio station.
    • 2002, Dan McFadden, Cheechako, Writers Press Club (2002), ISBN 0595218075, page 12:
      Within a half an hour, the phones throughout the governor's mansion pealed, as if public television begathon night.

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