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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.
See also: beg, go
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: beg, go
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

go begging

1 (of an article) be available. 2 (of an opportunity) not be taken.
See also: beg, go
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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.
See also: beg, go
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