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British informal. Something which serves to disappoint the hopes of beggars. Chiefly attributive and in the genitive: designating a house that has an appearance of wealth but is either deserted or has poor or miserly inhabitants; especially in "Mock-Beggar Hall".
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Nicholas Breton (?1555–c1626), poet. From mock + beggar.
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