begging


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  • noun

Synonyms for begging

a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)

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It was the same with Jurgis, who consigned the unfit to destruction, while going about all day sick at heart because of his poor old father, who was wandering somewhere in the yards begging for a chance to earn his bread.
Had he been in his right senses, he could not have thought of such a thing as begging you to give away half your fortune from your own child.
Reed says if I have any, they must be a beggarly set: I should not like to go a begging.
He glanced fearfully towards the Heights, begging she would remain another half-hour, at least.
After I had run the gauntlet of the begging children, and was just out of ear- shot of the group, I turned round to survey it from a distance.
A fellow like this never won a prize for anything in his life, but will go about rubbing his shoulders against every man's door post, and begging, not for swords and cauldrons {144} like a man, but only for a few scraps not worth begging for.
Eumaeus, what a noble hound that is over yonder on the manure heap: his build is splendid; is he as fine a fellow as he looks, or is he only one of those dogs that come begging about a table, and are kept merely for show?
So Eumaeus went up to him and said, "Stranger, Telemachus sends you this, and says you are to go the round of the suitors begging, for beggars must not be shamefaced.
A poor unfortunate tramp has come begging about the house for sheer want.
As for bread, you can get enough of that to fill your belly, by begging about the town, and letting those give that will.
But then - stand nearer and hold up hands as begging -the pedigree of the white stallion was not fully established, and that officer, who is now at Umballa, bade me make it clear.
But the fact is, Jim and I don't seem to fit into a fairyland, and the old horse has been begging me to go home again ever since he lost the race.
With a tact upon which I greatly prided myself, I sauntered carelessly to the sideboard and took some brandy and water; then, begging his pardon for my thoughtlessness, asked him to have some and went back to my seat by the fire, leaving him to help himself, as was our custom.
He said, "This was the whole truth of the matter, and he would take his oath of it;" and concluded with very passionately begging Mr Allworthy "to have compassion on the poor fellow's family, especially as he himself only had been guilty, and the other had been very difficultly prevailed on to do what he did.
PROFESSIONAL begging networks led by gang masters could be taking advantage of generous wellwishers across Liverpool city centre.