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beggar

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Sociology
beggarbeg‧gar1 /ˈbeɡə $ -ər/ ●○○ noun [countable]  1 SSPOORsomeone who lives by asking people for food and money the beggars on the streets2 lucky/lazy/cheeky etc beggar3 beggars can’t be choosers
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beggarWithout clothes, under his first blanket, he could have been the child of a king or a beggar.A beggar lad showed us the house in a dank, narrow alleyway where Mistress Hopkins lived.You can give beggars vouchers for food instead of cash.Rome had probably more than the average number of beggars.When Eumaeus came back he found the old beggar he had left.I imagined the beggar from the London streets sitting with the old woman Khadija in my village.The young beggar took the money wetted his finger and carefully counted the bills-twice.
beggarbeggar2 verb [transitive]  1 beggar description/belief2 POOR literary to make someone very poor Why should he beggar himself for you?→ See Verb table
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beggarThe thought of la belle dame de Bruges coming out with such stuff beggars belief.In Gravity's Rainbow, conspiracies proliferate to such an extent that they beggar description.The vast panorama of teeming Life and Creation opened up to us through the teachings of Esotericism beggars human thought.Floods combined with falling prices to beggar whole communities of farmers.
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Verb table
beggar
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theybeggar
he, she, itbeggars
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theybeggared
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave beggared
he, she, ithas beggared
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad beggared
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill beggar
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have beggared
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam beggaring
he, she, itis beggaring
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you, we, theyare beggaring
Past
I, he, she, itwas beggaring
you, we, theywere beggaring
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been beggaring
he, she, ithas been beggaring
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been beggaring
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be beggaring
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been beggaring
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