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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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It begged off to again host the 2017 edition, as it coincided with other international events such as the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
But he begged off for some reason before the team was formed to play in the 2911 Asian Championship in Wuhan, China.
I roamed the Nairobi village of restaurants and bazaars, but begged off the Kilimanjaro Trail.
Sans local star Monica Torres, who begged off at the last minute, Japanese Airi Sawada and Australian Alexandra McDougall head the women's cast.
Larry Fonacier, who played a vital role for Gilas Pilipinas during last year's FIBA Asia Championship, has begged off from joining the national team's preparation for the FIBA World Cup in Spain due to medical reasons.
Malacaang earlier begged off to host the 11-nation sportsfest two years from now due to the ongoing crisis in Marawi City.
Last year's winner Luke McKenzie begged off from defending his crown in the event sponsored by Century Tuna, making it a wide-open battle with Slovakian Michael Bucek, the champion of the Bizent Bali International Olympic Distance Triathlon and 2013 70.
Gilas Pilipinas entered the Fiba Asia under the shadow of uncertainty: Andray Blatche begged off from the team and June Mar Fajardo was struck off due to injury.
Figure skater Samantha Mary Lynn Cabiles begged off from her national team duties and track cyclist Kristian Emmanuel Reyes got injured in a crash, reducing the Philippine delegation to the 29th Southeast Asian Games to 493 athletes in 37 sports.
June Mar Fajardo, the most dominant big man in the Gilas lineup, has begged off from joining the squad in the Fiba Asia Championship that unfolds next week in Lebanon after straining his calf in San Miguel Beer's PBA game last Wednesday.
June Mar Fajardo has officially begged off from joining Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon next week after suffering a strained calf in the late moments of San Miguel Beer's victory over TNT KaTropa in the PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday.
The Philippines took over the 2019 hosting of the Games during the 2015 Singapore SEAG after original host Brunei begged off.
Sereno was supposed to raise the flag at the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan but begged off to prepare for the preliminary conference and the three day oral argument on three martial law petitions.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has begged off the invitation to raise the Philippine flag on Monday at the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan for Independence Day to prepare for the oral arguments on petitions against President Rodrigo Duterte's martial law proclamation.