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go begging

To be available for one to take or claim. If that cake is going begging, I'll take a few pieces home with me. We can't let these antiques from Aunt Judy go begging—here, take a vintage lamp.
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go begging

Fig. to be left over, unwanted, or unused. (As if a thing were begging for an owner or a user.) There is still food left. A whole lobster is going begging. Please eat some more, There are many excellent books in the library just going begging because people don't know they are there.
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go begging

Be in little or no demand, as in At this time of year barrels of apples go begging. [Late 1500s]
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go begging

If something goes begging, it is available to be used or bought, but nobody seems to want it. Nearly half a million holidays for the busiest six weeks of the year are still going begging. Paintings by pop artist Andy Warhol went begging for the second night in a row last night at the auction house.
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go begging

1 (of an article) be available. 2 (of an opportunity) not be taken.
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go ˈbegging

(British English, spoken) ( go is usually used in the progressive tenses) (of things) be unwanted: I’ll have that last potato if it’s going begging.
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One lad who seems to have a consistent goals coring touch is Nick Chadwick,and he wouldn't let half these chances go begging.
It was rough justice on rock-bottom Wednesday who dominated the opening 45 minutes, but until Turner can find a proven goalscorer chance after chance will always go begging.
Cull had the chance to level the scores with a penalty after five minutes before Bridgend saw two try-scoring chances go begging with flanker Ringer and wing Richard Mustoe tackled into touch just before the try-line.
But Vialli has admitted that he had to go begging to chairman Ken Bates before bringing in George Weah and Emerson Thome.
If chances go begging, the pressure of being expected to lead Barca to glory could weigh heavily on his shoulders.
It's that time of year again, when youngsters don their witches' hats and masks to go begging for a trick or treat around the doors.
Roberts rattled home a low shot from just inside the box soon after, and then saw two decent chances go begging late on as Rovers fought in vain for the three points.
It had looked like being a frustrating afternoon for Brighton who saw several chances go begging against the plucky visitors.
Rafa's Reds saw 14 points go begging at home - here's how they blew it in front of the Kop: SEPT 20: A 0-0 draw with Stoke is the first sign of the hair-tearing, frustrating results to come.
Wales should have won in the second half when John Hartson, Robert Earnshaw and David Vaughan all saw chances go begging.
RON NOADES blasted his blundering Bees after seeing more vital promotion points go begging against lowly Scarborough.