beg off


beg off
verb
ask for permission to be released from an engagement
Syn: ↑excuse
Derivationally related forms: ↑excuse (for: ↑excuse)
Hypernyms: ↑request, ↑bespeak, ↑call for, ↑quest
Verb Frames:
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beg off
1. To obtain another's release through entreaty
2. To seek remission of some penalty
3. To ask to be excused from some commitment
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Main Entry:beg

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I
request to be excused from a question or obligation

asked to name her favorites from her films, Hepburn begs off

II
withdraw from a promise or undertaking

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beg off [phrasal verb]
informal : to say that you cannot do something that you have been asked to do or have agreed to do

He originally said he'd go to the party, but he later begged off (going), claiming he had to work that night.

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Main Entry:beg

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ˌbeg ˈoff derived
to say that you are unable to do sth that you have agreed to do

He's always begging off at the last minute.

Main entry:begderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • beg off — ► beg off withdraw from a promise or undertaking. Main Entry: ↑beg …   English terms dictionary

  • beg off — {v.} To ask to be excused. * /Father told Tom to rake the yard, but Tom tried to beg off./ * /Mrs. Crane accepted an invitation to a luncheon, but a headache made her beg off./ Compare: BACK OUT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beg off — {v.} To ask to be excused. * /Father told Tom to rake the yard, but Tom tried to beg off./ * /Mrs. Crane accepted an invitation to a luncheon, but a headache made her beg off./ Compare: BACK OUT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beg\ off — v To ask to be excused. Father told Tom to rake the yard, but Tom tried to beg off. Mrs. Crane accepted an invitation to a luncheon, but a headache made her beg off. Compare: back out …   Словарь американских идиом

  • beg off — verb Date: 1827 intransitive verb to ask to be excused from something transitive verb to ask or gain permission to be excused from < begged off attending the party > • beg off noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • beg off — verb 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. Syn: cry off …   Wiktionary

  • beg-off — noun see beg off …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • beg off — ask to be excused from duty, get out of a task    Some people volunteer to work and then they beg off …   English idioms

  • beg off — withdraw from a promise or undertaking. → beg …   English new terms dictionary

  • beg off — Synonyms and related words: abandon, back out, be unmoved, be unwilling, cry off, decline, decline to accept, depart from, disagree, disallow, discard, disclaim, dissent, drop out, evacuate, forsake, go back on, hold out against, jettison, jilt,… …   Moby Thesaurus