Definition of beg off in English:

beg off

phrasal verb

  • Withdraw from an undertaking.

    ‘I'd planned to take Christy to dinner, but I was in a mood, and I begged off’
    • ‘That being the case I'm betting I can legitimately beg off spending Christmas with anyone and stick to my original plan of cleaning the kitchen, watching some dvd's and going online - after a very long lie in.’
    • ‘I've spent the last three nights working until 1am and I'm rather tired of it, so I'm going to beg off tonight.’
    • ‘Granted, I begged off being a bridesmaid, so it could be worse.’
    • ‘You can't know what types of arguments a future case might present, but you do know the arguments presented in past cases so there is no reason to allow a nominee to beg off on answering such a question.’
    • ‘The Duke of Osaka has begged off from the evening activities; I understand that he was sorely traumatized that the people behind the attacks were members of his daughter's staff.’
    • ‘I finally begged off on some excuse and put down the controller.’
    • ‘One thing I know… this one I won't be begging off of when the kids want to go see it.’
    • ‘Having posted a list of ‘Perfect Albums’ a while back, I'm half tempted to just beg off.’
    • ‘You know, when the weather's so rotten you can beg off school or work and no one thinks you're just being a bum?’
    • ‘Only Casper - who insisted we were moving too slow, since by this time we'd climbed only one peak in 26 hours of travel - begged off.’
    • ‘She has even had to beg off a meeting in Asia to make the round trip.’
    • ‘Mr. Thomas suggested a walk on deck after dinner, but Caroline begged off and hurried back to her cabin, leaving him to adjourn to the smoking room to mingle with the other male passengers in second class for a while before retiring to bed.’
    • ‘His first term as mayor began in 1352, he was re-elected the following year, and then for an unprecedented third consecutive term - on that occasion he begged off, but again served in 1359/60 and 1366 / 67.’
    • ‘So if you allow me, I'll beg off of a guess on that one.’
    • ‘With no evidence of any of these matters, I had to beg off.’
    • ‘Karl begs off when first invited into her home, but returns when he finds she left her gloves in the cab.’
    • ‘Something about his urgency penetrated Tennyson's chord-sotted brain: after a brief confused pause, he begged off the dance and went to look for Clara by the citrus and bubblegum punch fountain.’
    • ‘We were going to rehearse, but Drew's begging off,’ Cash, the drummer, remarked with a smirk.’
    • ‘But if you're going to use the ‘it's not my specialty’ excuse to beg off answering one question, why doesn't that stop you from making claims in all those other non-specialties?’
    • ‘Weak with laughter, I finally begged off… but only when he announced he had to go to the toilet and be funny in there.’
    • ‘People who forward too much volume or too little of interest find people begging off their lists.’
    • ‘Then Dailey begged off because he had just finished directing something.’
    • ‘Could you picture someone like Kathy Griffin begging off a celebrity show because of mosquitoes?’
    • ‘You know, and Dean begs off the question, wisely, I thought.’
    • ‘I had to constantly beg off invitations to the local ‘tittie bar’ from co-workers, but our section of the warehouse stocked all forms of luggage and back packs, and to this day, I am fully stocked with all forms of luggage and backpacks.’
    • ‘Through a spokesman, she begged off with a claim that she was ‘on a long-planned trip with her husband and two children.’’