Definition of begging bowl in English:

begging bowl

noun

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

    • ‘‘I haven't received much today,’ said an old widow, staring glumly at a few grains of rice and lentils in a begging bowl.’
    • ‘Indisputably the best-known event is the daily procession, at the crack of dawn, of saffron-robed monks holding their brass begging bowls.’
    • ‘Hundreds of beggars -old and young- were milling around in motley garbs with begging bowls in their hands.’
    • ‘Then every Christmas morning we could queue up at the Civic Offices with our begging bowls to collect any pittance that may be left.’
    • ‘The onus is on the Government to show that the era of donated food stuffs and begging bowls is long gone.’
    • ‘I have always been impressed watching the orange robes going along the streets with their begging bowls in the mornings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Often I see the local monks walking along the street with their begging bowls.’
    • ‘We had also gone to the Centre with a begging bowl, but were shabbily treated.’
    • ‘She still confesses an irrational dread of being old and penniless and on the streets with a begging bowl.’
    • ‘Monks were allowed to possess only their robes, a begging-bowl, razor, needle, staff, and toothpick.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With begging bowls slung round their loins and a clew in their hands, they walk in single file.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘They can't always be holding out the begging bowl.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Let's just hope that they can get there without the need for taking their begging bowl to every court in the land.’
      • ‘The power companies are holding out the begging bowl for subsidies while their owners cream off enormous salaries and bonuses.’
      • ‘Mitsubishi still has the begging bowl out for $140 million worth of public funds to keep its Australian operations going.’
      • ‘At this time of the year hard-pressed fire brigades have to approach local authorities with their begging bowls, desperate for cash.’
      • ‘In principle he likes the idea, which would encourage greater financial responsibility on politicians and end the "begging bowl" mentality.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Had she read the letter properly she would have seen I didn't have the begging bowl out.’
      • ‘We will make the case for investment with rigorous analysis, not a begging bowl.’
      • ‘It is unlikely a begging bowl approach would bring much joy next time.’
      • ‘To allow buildings to fall into such a state of disrepair that the council has to hold out its begging bowl is beyond belief.’
      • ‘It is, therefore, not commendable to liken the President's remarks to having a begging bowl.’
      • ‘She goes around with the begging bowl raising money for her man's artistic obsessions.’
      • ‘"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."’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Senior executives have been hired and fired and the begging bowl put out.’
      • ‘They exist in a modest way albeit without the public 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.’