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beg to differ

To politely disagree with someone else. I'm sorry, headmaster, but I beg to differ. Students at this school should have more access to financial aid and scholarships, not less. He thinks that the evening was a disaster, but I beg to differ—I saw plenty of guests enjoying themselves!
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beg to differ (with someone)

Fig. to disagree with someone; to state one's disagreement with someone in a polite way. (Usually used in a statement made to the person being disagreed with.) I beg to differ with you, but you have stated everything exactly backwards. If I may beg to differ, you have not expressed my position as well as you seem to think.
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beg to differ

Disagree with someone, as in John told me Max was sure to win, but I beg to differ-I don't think he has a chance. This courteous formula for expressing disagreement echoes similar uses of beg in the sense of "ask," such as I beg your pardon, so used since about 1600. Also see excuse me.
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I beg to ˈdiffer

used to say politely that you do not agree with something that has just been said: I must beg to differ on this. I think you are quite mistaken.
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beg to differ

To disagree in a polite manner.
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LABOUR would claim that overall crime has fallen, I for onewould beg to differ.
I BEG to differ with the Record film critic's assessment of Gerard Butler's role in Phantom of the Opera as a failure.
Fashionistas the globe over may say millionaire model Kate Moss looks amazing whatever she wears, but we beg to differ.
She has claimed that Osama Bin Laden's cause is just ( well, that could be a matter of opinion, but when she states that the IRA "never targeted civilians" I beg to differ.
In response to the letter from Sara Powell of TV Licensing (August 27), headed 'We All Need A TV Licence' - I beg to differ.
A I BEG to differ with M Gibson from South London (Question Time, August 2).
IN reply to the Record reader who claimed Madonna should 'giveup', I beg to differ She looks fantastic for a woman of nearly 50 andwomen half her age would pay dearly to look as stunning asshe does in her new video.
Well I beg to differ,as one very dangerous place that does not have a camera,and rarely has the Arrive Alive camera there either, is the Ewloe-Hawarden road and consequently,idiots are continually being allowed to race through the area.
Hence I beg to differ with R Williams' letter (Daily Post,April 16) who claims Professor Youngblood ``knows little about the way of the countryside,and the care the farmers provide for their animals''.
Having listened to the 20-odd thousand fans who sit in the Anfield Main Stand each week, I beg to differ.
Well, as the only truly Scottish national paper, managed and edited here, we beg to differ.
WHILE Walter Smith may be happy with a clean sheet and a point away from home, many long-suffering Evertonians would beg to differ.
A I BEG to differ with C Patterson (Question Time, March 24).