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beggar belief

To defy attempts at description; to be difficult or impossible to describe or explain. The spectacular vista at the Grand Canyon beggars belief. My boss's incompetence is astounding. It truly beggars all belief.
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beggar belief (or description)

be too extraordinary to be believed (or described).
See also: beggar, belief

beggar beˈlief/deˈscription

be too strange and unusual to be believed/described: It beggars belief that no one knew she was stealing money for so long.The sight of him completely covered with mud and oil beggared description.
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It beggars belief why Tony Blair pays people who organise a smear campaign against victims of a train disaster.
Therefore it beggars belief that Mrs Beckett believes the ideal time to put out a press release is 10.
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It beggars belief outstanding payments total pounds 3.
It beggars belief that Lewis's is the next to be turned into this.
THE reaction of MPs in relation to the exposure of the blatant abuse of their expenses beggars belief.
How Mr McLeish still has a job after our shambolic performances against our neighbours and Fulham last season beggars belief.
It beggars belief that we should be supporting all other celebrations but not that of our own patron saint.
TORY leader David Cameron yesterday said it beggars belief that Gordon Brown did not know about Labour's disguised donations.
Quite how a woman managed to carry a kitten on two flights as airport security hit new heights around the world beggars belief.
It beggars belief that someone connected to the Church in Wales could be so irresponsible.
IT BEGGARS belief that the farmers are once again protesting against the high fuel taxation.
Also, her statement 'I still believe I did nothing wrong' beggars belief.
Rhyl deputy mayor Glyn Williams said the coffee shop plan "beggars belief", leading Mr Ditchfield to name his venture The Beggars Belief.
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