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beggar (all) description

To defy attempts at description; to be difficult or impossible to describe or explain. My mother loves decorating for Christmas, so during the holidays, her house is fit for Santa himself. It truly beggars description. My boss's incompetence is astounding. It truly beggars all description.
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beggar (all) description

to defy description; to be unable to be described. The house was a horrible mess. The place beggared description. Our reaction to the proposal beggars description. We were deeply disturbed for days.
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beggar description

Defy or outdo any possible description, as in The stage set was so elaborate, it beggared description. This term, alluding to the idea that words are insufficient to do something justice, was already used by Shakespeare in Antony and Cleopatra (2:2), "For her own person It beggared all description."
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His Enobarbus speech which describes Cleopatra's arrival in a golden barge, where her magnificence: "beggared all description..."is very fine and the slight chuckle of amusement which he brings to the piece (a formal Roman bemused by Egyptian extravagance) is sheer inspiration.
'To be or not to be' is the most famous quote in the world but he also gave us 'as luck would have it', 'beggared all description', 'refusing to budge an inch' and 'what the dickens?'.