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Definition of Beg

  BEG   verb
To ask for something with an earnestness proportioned to the belief that it will not be given.
  Who is that, father?
                        A mendicant, child,
  Haggard, morose, and unaffable -- wild!
  See how he glares through the bars of his cell!
  With Citizen Mendicant all is not well.

  Why did they put him there, father?

  Obeying his belly he struck at the laws.

  His belly?

              Oh, well, he was starving, my boy --
  A state in which, doubtless, there's little of joy.
  No bite had he eaten for days, and his cry
  Was 'Bread!' ever 'Bread!'

                              What's the matter with pie?

  With little to wear, he had nothing to sell;
  To beg was unlawful -- improper as well.

  Why didn't he work?

                       He would even have done that,
  But men said:  'Get out!' and the State remarked:  'Scat!'
  I mention these incidents merely to show
  That the vengeance he took was uncommonly low.
  Revenge, at the best, is the act of a Siou,
  But for trifles --

                      Pray what did bad Mendicant do?

  Stole two loaves of bread to replenish his lack
  And tuck out the belly that clung to his back.

  Is that all father dear?

                              There's little to tell:
  They sent him to jail, and they'll send him to -- well,
  The company's better than here we can boast,
  And there's --

          Bread for the needy, dear father?

                               Um -- toast.

Atka Mip

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
be? v. (begged, begging) 1 a intr. (usu. foll. by for) ask for (esp. food, money, etc.) (begged for alms). b tr. ask for (food, money, etc.) as a gift. c intr. live by begging. 2 tr. & intr. (usu. foll. by for, or to + infin.) ask earnestly or humbly (begged for forgiveness; begged to be allowed out; please, I beg of you; beg your indulgence for a time). 3 tr. ask formally for (beg leave). 4 intr. (of a dog etc.) sit up with the front paws raised expectantly. 5 tr. take or ask leave (to do something) (I beg to differ; beg to enclose). Ýbeg one's bread live by begging. begging bowl 1 a bowl etc. held out for food or alms. 2 an earnest appeal for help. beg off 1 decline to take part in or attend. 2 get (a person) excused a penalty etc. beg pardon see PARDON. beg the question 1 assume the truth of an argument or proposition to be proved, without arguing it. 2 disp. pose the question. 3 colloq. evade a difficulty. go begging (or a-begging) (of a chance or a thing) not be taken; be unwanted. [ME prob. f. OE bedecian f. Gmc: rel. to BID]

Last updated: 9/3/2011 12:48:30