Definition of begging bowl in English:

begging bowl


  • 1A bowl held out by a beggar for food or donations.

    • ‘A small group of half-clad beggar children, wrapped in dirty, greasy clothes, scattered and spread towards the coaches, stretching hands or dented begging bowls towards the passengers.’
    • ‘We had also gone to the Centre with a begging bowl, but were shabbily treated.’
    • ‘Every morning, the monks would go from house to house, with their eyes downcast, holding out their begging bowls into which the lay people would spoon rice.’
    • ‘Charities like shelter do a wonderful job too but more should be done by the government, its okay us chucking a few coins into a begging bowl but all that does is maybe get them through the day.’
    • ‘‘I haven't received much today,’ said an old widow, staring glumly at a few grains of rice and lentils in a begging bowl.’
    • ‘Then every Christmas morning we could queue up at the Civic Offices with our begging bowls to collect any pittance that may be left.’
    • ‘So, we thought we should go in rather than wait for these people to start lying all over the place or people holding onto bowls, begging bowls, waiting for handouts.’
    • ‘I have always been impressed watching the orange robes going along the streets with their begging bowls in the mornings.’
    • ‘Hundreds of beggars -old and young- were milling around in motley garbs with begging bowls in their hands.’
    • ‘Often I see the local monks walking along the street with their begging bowls.’
    • ‘Monks were allowed to possess only their robes, a begging-bowl, razor, needle, staff, and toothpick.’
    • ‘The onus is on the Government to show that the era of donated food stuffs and begging bowls is long gone.’
    • ‘Indisputably the best-known event is the daily procession, at the crack of dawn, of saffron-robed monks holding their brass begging bowls.’
    • ‘With begging bowls slung round their loins and a clew in their hands, they walk in single file.’
    • ‘She still confesses an irrational dread of being old and penniless and on the streets with a begging bowl.’
    1. 1.1 Used in reference to an earnest appeal for financial help.
      ‘they went to the government with a begging bowl to seek cash to finance the scheme’
      • ‘It is unlikely a begging bowl approach would bring much joy next time.’
      • ‘"We are not putting out the begging bowl, but we do need our legislators to be more sympathetic in terms of the timetable and grant support."’
      • ‘Had she read the letter properly she would have seen I didn't have the begging bowl out.’
      • ‘Southend Council will be going to the Government with a begging bowl to seek cash to finance the scheme.’
      • ‘We are too rich to be called poor yet not rich enough to ditch our begging bowl.’
      • ‘He is taking round the begging bowl on behalf of the forthcoming Senate campaign - where the Democrats now believe they can regain control.’
      • ‘To allow buildings to fall into such a state of disrepair that the council has to hold out its begging bowl is beyond belief.’
      • ‘The gals perform a funny begging bowl song, dedicated to the plight of the company, which receives a public grant of something not unadjacent to £7.3m per annum.’
      • ‘We will make the case for investment with rigorous analysis, not a begging bowl.’
      • ‘Mitsubishi still has the begging bowl out for $140 million worth of public funds to keep its Australian operations going.’
      • ‘In principle he likes the idea, which would encourage greater financial responsibility on politicians and end the "begging bowl" mentality.’
      • ‘The power companies are holding out the begging bowl for subsidies while their owners cream off enormous salaries and bonuses.’
      • ‘Senior executives have been hired and fired and the begging bowl put out.’
      • ‘Let's just hope that they can get there without the need for taking their begging bowl to every court in the land.’
      • ‘It is, therefore, not commendable to liken the President's remarks to having a begging bowl.’
      • ‘They exist in a modest way albeit without the public begging bowl.’
      • ‘She goes around with the begging bowl raising money for her man's artistic obsessions.’
      • ‘They can't always be holding out the begging bowl.’
      • ‘At this time of the year hard-pressed fire brigades have to approach local authorities with their begging bowls, desperate for cash.’
      • ‘What the council is doing now is putting out another begging bowl, when they are not using the money they are getting in the proper way.’