go a-begging

go a-begging

To become or remain unused, unclaimed, unfilled, or unwanted, especially a job or product. You'd think in this economy that we could fill the IT Director position immediately, but the job has gone a-begging After the price of corn plummeted, half our supply has just been going a-begging in the storage silo.
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And Sinclair saw a great run and low cross go a-begging with no takers in the six-yard box.
But despite being a man down, Edinburgh remained on top, although the frustration of the fans was growing by the minute as they watched chance after chance go a-begging.
MISSING IN ACTION: Negredo sees a chance go a-begging
Falcons saw another try-chance go a-begging when Alex Tait broke down the right wing before being blocked by Nemani Nadolo.