Definition of go begging in English:

go begging


  • 1(of an article) be available because unwanted by others.

    ‘there was a spare aircraft going begging’
    • ‘‘We are a country of the last minute,’ said Cesare Vaciago, director general of the Turin organising committee, in response to reports in the last fortnight that 370,000 of the one million available tickets were still going begging.’
    surplus, surplus to requirements, superfluous, too many, too much, supernumerary, excessive, in excess, going begging
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    1. 1.1 (of an opportunity) fail to be taken.
      ‘the home side had themselves to blame as chances went begging’
      • ‘Chance after chance went begging in the second half.’
      • ‘He wasn't so foolish to talk about all the opportunities that went begging.’
      • ‘This was a wake up call for the brothers and they started to convert the opportunities that had earlier gone begging.’
      • ‘They missed the chance to go ahead after seven minutes when a penalty opportunity went begging.’
      • ‘Although they scored four tries, at least five other golden scoring opportunities went begging.’
      unutilized, not made use of, unemployed, unexploited, not in service, non-functioning
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