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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

to be available Good jobs still go begging in the health care and teaching fields.
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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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