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beg off (on something)

to ask to be released from something; to refuse an invitation. I'm sorry, but I'll be out of town on the day of your party. I'll have to beg off on your invitation. I have an important meeting, so I'll have to beg off.
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beg something off

to decline an invitation politely. She begged the trip to the zoo off. We all begged off the dinner invitation.
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beg off

to excuse yourself from something I had the chance to spend the day at the beach, but I begged off, saying I had too much work on my desk.
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beg off

Ask to be released from an obligation; turn down an invitation. For example, He's asked me out to dinner three times already, but I have to beg off again, or Mother couldn't take on another committee and so she begged off. [Early 1700s]
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beg off

v.
To excuse oneself from something, such as an obligation: We were invited to stay for dinner, but we had to beg off.
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Paul Lee, arguably the best point guard in the PBA, and Jeff Chan, the streak-shooting veteran of several international wars, are also reportedly set to beg off because of different reasons.
Realizing that we guys were outnumbered, and that our chances of charming any ladies on the dance floor were severely hampered by our inability to swing, one fellow - an accountant from West Hills named John Noster - and I decided to beg off.
After all, he's seeking federal office so he can beg off the state debate.
We are proud of being able to provide for ourselves and didn't want to beg off someone else.
They play with broken arms in the NFL, they don't beg off with general soreness.
While city officials beg off the new pool for another two years, I am sure Hal has a place he can take a dip.
Diane Sawyer says it wasn't grief that led her to beg off early coverage of John F.
Too many times I hear riding buddies beg off on an invitation to an early-morning ride.