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go begging

To be available for one to take or claim. If that cake is going begging, I'll take a few pieces home with me. We can't let these antiques from Aunt Judy go begging—here, take a vintage lamp.
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go begging

Fig. to be left over, unwanted, or unused. (As if a thing were begging for an owner or a user.) There is still food left. A whole lobster is going begging. Please eat some more, There are many excellent books in the library just going begging because people don't know they are there.
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go begging

Be in little or no demand, as in At this time of year barrels of apples go begging. [Late 1500s]
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go begging

If something goes begging, it is available to be used or bought, but nobody seems to want it. Nearly half a million holidays for the busiest six weeks of the year are still going begging. Paintings by pop artist Andy Warhol went begging for the second night in a row last night at the auction house.
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go begging

1 (of an article) be available. 2 (of an opportunity) not be taken.
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go ˈbegging

(British English, spoken) ( go is usually used in the progressive tenses) (of things) be unwanted: I’ll have that last potato if it’s going begging.
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After half time the visitors had the better of the play and saw half a dozen chances go begging but the home side increased their lead on 65 minutes when Murphy got his second when he turned on a poor Rovers clearance from 15 yards.
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While Buckley rued near-misses by Jimmy Harrison and Dave Jones, with stand-in keeper Peter McCann impressing for the hosts, Glantraeth also saw several chances go begging.
Predictably, this has proven to be a colossal failure, from the standpoint both of weapons tracing and expenditure, with the cost now approaching one billion dollars and climbing--all this at a time when our military forces go begging for proper equipment.
Eliminate politics, PR campaigns and bribes, and a lot of honors would go begging.
Urban districts go begging for teachers, while suburban districts, with higher salaries and fewer problems, have the pick of the litter.
Hundreds of biotech jobs in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties go begging due to a lack of qualified talent," warned the study commissioned by eight economic development and policy groups in the three-county area.