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beg off

To ask to be excused from an obligation or invitation. A noun or pronoun 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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Meanwhile, with Paul Lee begging off from the Gilas pool because of a knee injury, Rain or Shine management told reporters on Tuesday night that they would be willing to lend another one of their prized players to the pool, Raymond Almazan.
Paul Lee begging off the Gilas Pilipinas may be a bummer, but coach Tab Baldwin isn't going to dwell on the absences which has haunted the national team.
Marcio Lassiter, one of the deadliest snipers in the PBA today, is shooting for a spot in the national team which will compete in the wild card qualifiers for the Rio Olympics in July next year after begging off from the previous two training camps.
Begging off in 2014, Slaughter said he's more ready than ever to represent the country alongside the bests of the PBA.
It just pains me to be reading all the things they are saying about me, and it makes me doubly guilty because I don't like the decision (of not joining the pool this time) I made of begging off, he said.
Meanwhile, Willie Marcial, the media bureau chief of the PBA, yesterday thanked the members of the board for considering him for the post of chief operating officer before begging off.