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‘Don’t go!’ he begged.
The boy was screaming and begging for mercy.
We begged her for another chance.
She had written a letter begging him to come back.
I begged to be allowed to join them.
homeless people begging on the streets
The boys went from door to door begging for money.
He would beg food from other children at school.
I was determined to beg, borrow, or steal a copy of that book from somewhere.
If she got caught stealing money and she’s still here, it begs the question: What would she have to do to get fired?
The whole idea of a Patients’ Charter begs the question that the government should be involved in the first place.
‘Are you ready to leave?’ ‘I beg your pardon?’ ‘I was just asking if you’re ready to leave.’
Oh, I beg your pardon, I didn’t realize this was your chair.
‘Jenny doesn’t concentrate when she’s driving.’ ‘I beg your pardon! She’s a very good driver!’
This is the British English definition of beg. View American English definition of beg.
a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …add a word
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