beg to differ

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

  1. (idiomatic) To differ strongly in opinion or interpretation.
  2. (idiomatic) To offer an opposing opinion humbly.
    • 2018 March 26, A. A. Dowd, “Steven Spielberg Finds Fun, and maybe even a Soul, in the Pandering Pastiche of Ready Player One”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 31 May 2018:
      If The Adventures Of Tintin and The BFG suggested that the director’s craftsmanship rarely extends to entirely CGI worlds, this IMAX-scaled spectacle begs to differ.
    • 1912, H. G. Wells, Marriage:
      "Look here, sir, this is all very well," he began, "but why can't I fall in love with your daughter? I'm a Doctor of Science and all that sort of thing. I've a perfectly decent outlook. My father was rather a swell in his science. I'm an entirely decent and respectable person."
      "I beg to differ," said Mr. Pope.



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