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beg off

To ask to be excused from an obligation or invitation. A noun can be used between "beg" and "off." She had to beg off that project when she realized that it interfered with her normal duties. I begged the dinner party off last night because I was feeling ill.
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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 (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 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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Pingris, a 6-foot-4 forward known for his tenacious rebounding and defense, reconsidered four days after informing Baldwin during a Gilas practice that he was begging off from the national pool to concentrate on the preparation of his mother team, Star, for the new PBA season starting on Oct.
It just pains me to be reading all the things they are saying about me, and it makes me doubly guilty because I don't like the decision (of not joining the pool this time) I made of begging off, he said.
Though the squad suffered a lot of setbacks with injuries and players begging off, Abueva knows that it's a chance for the rest of the team to still strive hard and perform to the best of its capabilities.
Fajardo opted to rest an injury, Pingris wanted to spend time with his family, while Tenorio claimed fatigue as the reason for begging off.
Meanwhile, Willie Marcial, the media bureau chief of the PBA, yesterday thanked the members of the board for considering him for the post of chief operating officer before begging off.
Canaleta, who will still participate in the Threepoint Shootout, said begging off was a tough decision knowing that the fans would've wanted to see him perform.