Definition of beggar belief (or description) in English:

beggar belief (or description)


  • Be too extraordinary to be believed or described.

    ‘a disregard for common sense which beggars belief’
    • ‘Why it simply beggars belief that such a thing could happen!’
    • ‘But it beggars belief that so many have been built and bought and no-one making decisions has even thought about how it is affecting ordinary people.’
    • ‘It beggars belief that a group of local councillors can really believe there is any merit in this option.’
    • ‘The elephants, had, of course, knocked these down in their passage, so going downhill was one long slide and going up beggars description.’
    • ‘The behaviour of some of the late night revellers almost beggars belief.’
    • ‘Although the inadequate measures to deal with the problem beggar belief, what is even more incredible is the mentality of a farmer or a householder who will dispose of their rubbish by dumping it into the nearest river.’
    • ‘He was asked about the lack of coverage of the protest and his reply simply beggars belief;’
    • ‘‘It beggars belief that we even got the insurance sorted so that we could do it,’ says Vegas.’
    • ‘Which beggars the question - how did you find this place?’
    • ‘‘Cave-in’ doesn't even begin to describe mismanagement so far off the scale as to beggar belief.’
    • ‘The stupidity of people sometimes beggars belief.’
    • ‘This film is so cheap, ridiculous and inept, it beggars description.’
    • ‘India is so large, so ancient, so complex that it beggars description.’
    • ‘To suggest that it could have happened as a belated reaction to a pre-election budget, no matter how lavish, simply beggars belief.’
    • ‘The scale of the whole thing just beggars belief.’
    • ‘The lack of a cohesive strategy beggars belief.’
    • ‘It beggars belief that anyone could do such a thing, let alone to a defensive pensioner going about her weekly business completely innocently.’
    • ‘Trying to imagine how these structures were built beggars belief.’
    • ‘It beggars belief that the system allows funding bids to be assessed in this way.’
    • ‘The moan that the new town council members were not formally invited is not really worthy of any comment save to say it beggars all belief.’
    inexpressible, undefinable, beyond description, beyond words, beggaring description, nameless, incommunicable, ineffable, unutterable, unspeakable
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