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beggar belief

To defy attempts at description; to be difficult or impossible to describe or explain. The spectacular vista at the Grand Canyon beggars belief. My boss's incompetence is astounding. It truly beggars all belief.
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beggar belief (or description)

be too extraordinary to be believed (or described).
See also: beggar, belief

beggar beˈlief/deˈscription

be too strange and unusual to be believed/described: It beggars belief that no one knew she was stealing money for so long.The sight of him completely covered with mud and oil beggared description.
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Mrs S Williams Llanrumney, Cardiff SOCIETY is so wrapped up in its own pettiness that people have forgotten what the word compassion means ("Beggars belief", Echo, December 15)!
According to Rushdie's article in Britain's Guardian newspaper, the central feature of the film - that a boy from the Mumbai slums manages to win the Indian TV version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - "beggars belief", reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
It beggars belief that at this of all times of year, some people actually want to go out and kill defenceless animals.
It beggars belief this venue, which does not provide adequate parking, is to be used for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
IN light of the recent attack on the fire brigade in Norton Grange, it beggars belief that this could happen in this day and age.
So it beggars belief that one can still see HGVs travelling to and from the RSCT with the under-run protection bars not being used.
Coun Franks added: 'With so many people unable to receive treatment, it beggars belief that this money has been returned.'
Quite how a woman managed to carry a kitten on two flights as airport security hit new heights around the world beggars belief.
'It beggars belief that in the year 2002 someone suffering from serious burns should have to travel 200-odd miles by road to get treatment,' said Mike Stone, chief executive of the Patients' Association.
The Patients' Association's chief executive Mike Stone said, ``It beggars belief that in the year 2002 someone suffering from serious burns should have to travel 200-odd miles by road to get treatment.''
It beggars belief why Tony Blair pays people who organise a smear campaign against victims of a train disaster.
'Therefore it beggars belief that Mrs Beckett believes the ideal time to put out a press release is 10.30pm at night on a website.'
BEGGARS BELIEF can land the Shelduck Fillies' Handicap (2.00) at Leicester today, writes Scott Moore.
MPs claimed it "beggars belief" that pounds 2.7billion is being written off because it is deemed not worth recovering.
Vickers, 39, said: "It beggars belief. Their players told the ref not to send me off.