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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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More than finances though, professors beg off from serving as administrators because they know how hard and thankless the job can be.
'I was no longer with the court when the martial law case came up, but had I been with the court I would've voted with the majority as a member of the majority but I didn't want to speculate on the motivation of those in the minority so I respectfully beg off from answering,' Brion said.
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Lassiter was the fourth player to beg off from the national pool because of illness or injury, joining Greg Slaughter, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and point guard Paul Lee.
While he initially accepted, he had to beg off later especially since he had to visit the Philippines in 2015 to commiserate with the victims of typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan that swept the Visayas in November 2013.
Fajardo has been forced to beg off from national team duties due to plantar fasciitis on both feet, an injury he incurred through the course of the PBA season.