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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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The national women's volleyball team will fly to Japan with one missing personnel after Dawn Macandili begged off due to school commitment.
Hontiveros asked for privacy and begged off interviews, but a Senate staff told INQUIRER.net that her father, Ramon Hontiveros, and some other members of the Hontiveros clan are buried at the said cemetery in Marikina City.
Locsin is supposed to star in the latest movie adaptation directed by Erik Matti, but the actress begged off due to a spinal injury.
I have always, as a matter of principle, begged off from purchasing family heirloom
Duterte narrated that it was him who delivered the grim news to the families of the victims after her daughter, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, begged off.
Defending champion Cignal HD, which would have brought in reigning NCAA champion San Beda, has begged off in the upcoming conference tentatively set on Jan.
After he begged off in the past versions of Gilas, the smooth-moving big man can don the national tricolor after Yeng Guiao invited him to be part of the team for the next window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
He also said that had Brunei begged off from next year's hosting, the country will host the BIMP-Eaga Friendship Games and bring it to Davao City instead.
But while they can bring home more medals following the country's single-gold output in the 2014 Incheon Games, bowling world cup champion Krizziah Tabora and Fil-Am swimmer James Deiparine have begged off.
Earlier, she also begged off from coaching duties on the current season of "The Voice Kids Philippines."
Aby Marano attended, but begged off from participating in the drills due to a hand injury.
Speaking during an interview on TV5 the other night, Pangilinan chided those who begged off from joining the team and said their action was short of being unpatriotic.
Marano did not participate in the drills because of a hand injury, while Rondina and Santiago also begged off due to their scheduled UAAP games on Saturday.
The coaching team's hand was forced by the absence of stalwarts from San Miguel teams who begged off from joining the pool with various personal reasons although some suspect that they may have been instructed by their management to follow a certain script.
Some public school teachers have begged off from serving in the May 14 village and youth council elections.