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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

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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I beg to ˈdiffer

used to say politely that you do not agree with something that has just been said: I must beg to differ on this. I think you are quite mistaken.
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beg to differ

To disagree in a polite manner.
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LABOUR would claim that overall crime has fallen, I for onewould beg to differ.
I BEG to differ with the Record film critic's assessment of Gerard Butler's role in Phantom of the Opera as a failure.
Fashionistas the globe over may say millionaire model Kate Moss looks amazing whatever she wears, but we beg to differ.
As a veteran teacher, I beg to differ with John Keeley's comments regarding immigrant children repeating their parents' educational level.
She has claimed that Osama Bin Laden's cause is just ( well, that could be a matter of opinion, but when she states that the IRA "never targeted civilians" I beg to differ.
In response to the letter from Sara Powell of TV Licensing (August 27), headed 'We All Need A TV Licence' - I beg to differ.
A I BEG to differ with M Gibson from South London (Question Time, August 2).
IN reply to the Record reader who claimed Madonna should 'giveup', I beg to differ She looks fantastic for a woman of nearly 50 andwomen half her age would pay dearly to look as stunning asshe does in her new video.
Well I beg to differ,as one very dangerous place that does not have a camera,and rarely has the Arrive Alive camera there either, is the Ewloe-Hawarden road and consequently,idiots are continually being allowed to race through the area.
Hence I beg to differ with R Williams' letter (Daily Post,April 16) who claims Professor Youngblood ``knows little about the way of the countryside,and the care the farmers provide for their animals''.
Having listened to the 20-odd thousand fans who sit in the Anfield Main Stand each week, 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).