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beg to differ

To politely disagree with someone else. I'm sorry, headmaster, but I beg to differ. Students at this school should have more access to financial aid and scholarships, not less. He thinks that the evening was a disaster, but I beg to differ—I saw plenty of guests enjoying themselves!
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beg to differ (with someone)

Fig. to disagree with someone; to state one's disagreement with someone in a polite way. (Usually used in a statement made to the person being disagreed with.) I beg to differ with you, but you have stated everything exactly backwards. If I may beg to differ, you have not expressed my position as well as you seem to think.
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beg to differ (with somebody)

(slightly formal) also beg to disagree (with somebody)
to have a different opinion Some people think losing that game brought the team together, but I beg to differ - the team has always been together. Many believe our planet is in danger, but I beg to disagree - it's not our planet but human existence that's in danger.
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beg to differ

Disagree with someone, as in John told me Max was sure to win, but I beg to differ-I don't think he has a chance. This courteous formula for expressing disagreement echoes similar uses of beg in the sense of "ask," such as I beg your pardon, so used since about 1600. Also see excuse me.
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beg to differ

To disagree in a polite manner.
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I have to beg to differ as I was born across the Welsh border from Oswestry at Moelfre near Llansilin and moved to and was educated in Oswestry.
I BEG to differ with Tony Blair when he says there is a moral case to remove Saddam Hussein - by war if necessary.
In regard to your article about the greatness Gray Davis has done for gays in California, I beg to differ.
I beg to differ with Rich Lowry's viewpoint that only boys are gun nuts.
Well, as the only truly Scottish national paper, managed and edited here, we beg to differ.
WHILE Walter Smith may be happy with a clean sheet and a point away from home, many long-suffering Evertonians would beg to differ.
A I BEG to differ with C Patterson (Question Time, March 24).
Foster is convinced the shot Messersmith served up went further, although the record books beg to differ.
There'll be no chilling effect, for those alarmists who beg to differ.
Having watched your first show David, I beg to differ.
The bettors didn't beg to differ, installing the Trojans as 4-1/2-point favorites on the strength of a Coliseum home-field advantage that, for this week, anyway, came complete with temporary bleachers that thickened the throng to 93,829.
Judging from this picture, love, we beg to differ - they look hard as rocks and if they were any higher up they'd be earmuffs.
But articles in the current issues of two leading medical journals suggest that scientists beg to differ - with each other.
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IN response to Kevin Lynch's letter 'Wrong verdict' (Telegraph, Nov 18), I beg to differ.