Definition of go begging in US English:

go begging


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

    ‘half the apartments in New York go begging in the summer’
    • ‘‘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) not be taken.
      ‘we let so many good chances go 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.’
      • ‘Chance after chance went begging in the second half.’
      • ‘This was a wake up call for the brothers and they started to convert the opportunities that had earlier gone begging.’
      • ‘He wasn't so foolish to talk about all the opportunities that went begging.’
      unutilized, not made use of, unemployed, unexploited, not in service, non-functioning
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