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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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Cull missed the conversion and tried to make amends with a long-range penalty deep inside his own half in injury time before the final whistle blew and a second victory in the Celtic League for Ebbw Vale went begging.
NOTNOWCATO'S 7-1 victory in yesterday's Coral-Eclipse Stakes ensured that the Scoop6 went begging after only four legs, although the real damage had been done in the second race.
Director of rugby Neil Mitchell said: "We just did not front up and three tries went begging at the end.
Brentford laid siege to Vale's goal in search of an equaliser, but chance after chance went begging - substitute Lloyd Owusu was more guilty than most - as the visitors held on for a valuable three points.
Lovelock then headed against a post and several other opportunities went begging as Racing's recent good run of results came to an end.
Chances went begging at either end in the first period but it was after the restart that the floodgates opened.
THE Tote jackpot went begging again yesterday, with a pool of pounds 432,155 rolling over to Sedgefield today when punters could do worse than take note of the selections of none other than Agnes Haddock, writes Andrew Scutts.
The Gunners dominated Wednesday's Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium, but were wasteful in front of goal as chances went begging during the 0-0 draw.
Brown restored Mansfield's lead in the 64th minute as a number of chances went begging before Ndumbu-Nsungu earned a share of the spoils.
It was no more than Martin Allen's side deserved after dominating a second-half in which a string of chances went begging.
It appealed to those who work in the home and to older people - the very people RTE promised to serve when it went begging to the Government for more money.
But several chances went begging and the young home side grabbed a point when midfielder Aaron Brown ran on to a 68th-minute through ball to shoot unchallenged past Neil Cutler.
Defensively the Sheepy Road girls looked solid and secure as they continually frustrated the Harriers' strikers before the break while afterwards Adders created further opportunities that went begging.
SEVEN days after Agnes Haddock netted pounds 688,620 on the Scoop6, there was nothing to celebrate yesterday, when the win and bonus funds went begging.
Chances went begging after the break but Warrington levelled havingintroduced Craig Heenighan and he was quick to make an impression by scoring first league goal in injury-time.