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 for To go a-begging
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Go \Go\, v. i. [imp. Went (w[e^]nt); p. p. Gone (g[o^]n;
     115); p. pr. & vb. n. Going. Went comes from the AS,
     wendan. See Wend, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to
     D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan.
     gaae; cf. Gr. kicha`nai to reach, overtake, Skr. h[=a] to go,
     AS. gangan, and E. gang. The past tense in AS., eode, is from
     the root i to go, as is also Goth. iddja went. [root]47a. Cf.
     Gang, v. i., Wend.]
     1. To pass from one place to another; to be in motion; to be
        in a state not motionless or at rest; to proceed; to
        advance; to make progress; -- used, in various
        applications, of the movement of both animate and
        inanimate beings, by whatever means, and also of the
        movements of the mind; also figuratively applied.
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     2. To move upon the feet, or step by step; to walk; also, to
        walk step by step, or leisurely.
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     Note: In old writers go is much used as opposed to run, or
           ride. "Whereso I go or ride." --Chaucer.
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                 You know that love
                 Will creep in service where it can not go.
                                                    --Shak.
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                 Thou must run to him; for thou hast staid so long
                 that going will scarce serve the turn. --Shak.
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                 He fell from running to going, and from going to
                 clambering upon his hands and his knees.
                                                    --Bunyan.
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     Note: In Chaucer go is used frequently with the pronoun in
           the objective used reflexively; as, he goeth him home.
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     3. To be passed on fron one to another; to pass; to
        circulate; hence, with for, to have currency; to be taken,
        accepted, or regarded.
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              The man went among men for an old man in the days of
              Saul.                                 --1 Sa. xvii.
                                                    12.
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              [The money] should go according to its true value.
                                                    --Locke.
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     4. To proceed or happen in a given manner; to fare; to move
        on or be carried on; to have course; to come to an issue
        or result; to succeed; to turn out.
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              How goes the night, boy ?             --Shak.
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              I think, as the world goes, he was a good sort of
              man enough.                           --Arbuthnot.
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              Whether the cause goes for me or against me, you
              must pay me the reward.               --I Watts.
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     5. To proceed or tend toward a result, consequence, or
        product; to tend; to conduce; to be an ingredient; to
        avail; to apply; to contribute; -- often with the
        infinitive; as, this goes to show.
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              Against right reason all your counsels go. --Dryden.
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              To master the foul flend there goeth some complement
              knowledge of theology.                --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     6. To apply one's self; to set one's self; to undertake.
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              Seeing himself confronted by so many, like a
              resolute orator, he went not to denial, but to
              justify his cruel falsehood.          --Sir P.
                                                    Sidney.
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     Note: Go, in this sense, is often used in the present
           participle with the auxiliary verb to be, before an
           infinitive, to express a future of intention, or to
           denote design; as, I was going to say; I am going to
           begin harvest.
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     7. To proceed by a mental operation; to pass in mind or by an
        act of the memory or imagination; -- generally with over
        or through.
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              By going over all these particulars, you may receive
              some tolerable satisfaction about this great
              subject.                              --South.
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     8. To be with young; to be pregnant; to gestate.
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              The fruit she goes with,
              I pray for heartily, that it may find
              Good time, and live.                  --Shak.
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     9. To move from the person speaking, or from the point whence
        the action is contemplated; to pass away; to leave; to
        depart; -- in opposition to stay and come.
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              I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord
              your God; . . . only ye shall not go very far away.
                                                    --Ex. viii.
                                                    28.
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     10. To pass away; to depart forever; to be lost or ruined; to
         perish; to decline; to decease; to die.
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               By Saint George, he's gone!
               That spear wound hath our master sped. --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     11. To reach; to extend; to lead; as, a line goes across the
         street; his land goes to the river; this road goes to New
         York.
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               His amorous expressions go no further than virtue
               may allow.                           --Dryden.
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     12. To have recourse; to resort; as, to go to law.
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     Note: Go is used, in combination with many prepositions and
           adverbs, to denote motion of the kind indicated by the
           preposition or adverb, in which, and not in the verb,
           lies the principal force of the expression; as, to go
           against to go into, to go out, to go aside, to go
           astray, etc.
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     Go to, come; move; go away; -- a phrase of exclamation,
        serious or ironical.
  
     To go a-begging, not to be in demand; to be undesired.
  
     To go about.
         (a) To set about; to enter upon a scheme of action; to
             undertake. "They went about to slay him." --Acts ix.
             29.
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                   They never go about . . . to hide or palliate
                   their vices.                     --Swift.
         (b) (Naut.) To tack; to turn the head of a ship; to wear.
             
  
     To go abraod.
         (a) To go to a foreign country.
         (b) To go out of doors.
         (c) To become public; to be published or disclosed; to be
             current.
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                   Then went this saying abroad among the
                   brethren.                        --John xxi.
                                                    23.
  
     To go against.
         (a) To march against; to attack.
         (b) To be in opposition to; to be disagreeable to.
  
     To go ahead.
         (a) To go in advance.
         (b) To go on; to make progress; to proceed.
  
     To go and come. See To come and go, under Come.
  
     To go aside.
         (a) To withdraw; to retire.
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                   He . . . went aside privately into a desert
                   place.                           --Luke. ix.
                                                    10.
         (b) To go from what is right; to err. --Num. v. 29.
  
     To go back on.
         (a) To retrace (one's path or footsteps).
         (b) To abandon; to turn against; to betray. [Slang, U.
             S.]
  
     To go below
         (Naut), to go below deck.
  
     To go between, to interpose or mediate between; to be a
        secret agent between parties; in a bad sense, to pander.
        
  
     To go beyond. See under Beyond.
  
     To go by, to pass away unnoticed; to omit.
  
     To go by the board (Naut.), to fall or be carried
        overboard; as, the mast went by the board.
  
     To go down.
         (a) To descend.
         (b) To go below the horizon; as, the sun has gone down.
         (c) To sink; to founder; -- said of ships, etc.
         (d) To be swallowed; -- used literally or figuratively.
             [Colloq.]
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                   Nothing so ridiculous, . . . but it goes down
                   whole with him for truth.        --L' Estrange.
  
     To go far.
         (a) To go to a distance.
         (b) To have much weight or influence.
  
     To go for.
         (a) To go in quest of.
         (b) To represent; to pass for.
         (c) To favor; to advocate.
         (d) To attack; to assault. [Low]
         (e) To sell for; to be parted with for (a price).
  
     To go for nothing, to be parted with for no compensation or
        result; to have no value, efficacy, or influence; to count
        for nothing.
  
     To go forth.
         (a) To depart from a place.
         (b) To be divulged or made generally known; to emanate.
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                   The law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of
                   the Lord from Jerusalem.         --Micah iv. 2.
  
     To go hard with, to trouble, pain, or endanger.
  
     To go in, to engage in; to take part. [Colloq.]
  
     To go in and out, to do the business of life; to live; to
        have free access. --John x. 9.
  
     To go in for. [Colloq.]
         (a) To go for; to favor or advocate (a candidate, a
             measure, etc.).
         (b) To seek to acquire or attain to (wealth, honor,
             preferment, etc.)
         (c) To complete for (a reward, election, etc.).
         (d) To make the object of one's labors, studies, etc.
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                   He was as ready to go in for statistics as for
                   anything else.                   --Dickens.
             
  
     To go in to or To go in unto.
         (a) To enter the presence of. --Esther iv. 16.
         (b) To have sexual intercourse with. [Script.]
  
     To go into.
         (a) To speak of, investigate, or discuss (a question,
             subject, etc.).
         (b) To participate in (a war, a business, etc.).
  
     To go large.
         (Naut) See under Large.
  
     To go off.
         (a) To go away; to depart.
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                   The leaders . . . will not go off until they
                   hear you.                        --Shak.
         (b) To cease; to intermit; as, this sickness went off.
         (c) To die. --Shak.
         (d) To explode or be discharged; -- said of gunpowder, of
             a gun, a mine, etc.
         (e) To find a purchaser; to be sold or disposed of.
         (f) To pass off; to take place; to be accomplished.
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                   The wedding went off much as such affairs do.
                                                    --Mrs.
                                                    Caskell.
  
     To go on.
         (a) To proceed; to advance further; to continue; as, to
             go on reading.
         (b) To be put or drawn on; to fit over; as, the coat will
             not go on.
  
     To go all fours, to correspond exactly, point for point.
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              It is not easy to make a simile go on all fours.
                                                    --Macaulay.
  
     To go out.
         (a) To issue forth from a place.
         (b) To go abroad; to make an excursion or expedition.
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                   There are other men fitter to go out than I.
                                                    --Shak.
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                   What went ye out for to see ?    --Matt. xi. 7,
                                                    8, 9.
         (c) To become diffused, divulged, or spread abroad, as
             news, fame etc.
         (d) To expire; to die; to cease; to come to an end; as,
             the light has gone out.
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                   Life itself goes out at thy displeasure.
                                                    --Addison.
  
     To go over.
         (a) To traverse; to cross, as a river, boundary, etc.; to
             change sides.
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                   I must not go over Jordan.       --Deut. iv.
                                                    22.
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                   Let me go over, and see the good land that is
                   beyond Jordan.                   --Deut. iii.
                                                    25.
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                   Ishmael . . . departed to go over to the
                   Ammonites.                       --Jer. xli.
                                                    10.
         (b) To read, or study; to examine; to review; as, to go
             over one's accounts.
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                   If we go over the laws of Christianity, we
                   shall find that . . . they enjoin the same
                   thing.                           --Tillotson.
         (c) To transcend; to surpass.
         (d) To be postponed; as, the bill went over for the
             session.
         (e) (Chem.) To be converted (into a specified substance
             or material); as, monoclinic sulphur goes over into
             orthorhombic, by standing; sucrose goes over into
             dextrose and levulose.
  
     To go through.
         (a) To accomplish; as, to go through a work.
         (b) To suffer; to endure to the end; as, to go through a
             surgical operation or a tedious illness.
         (c) To spend completely; to exhaust, as a fortune.
         (d) To strip or despoil (one) of his property. [Slang]
         (e) To botch or bungle a business. [Scot.]
  
     To go through with, to perform, as a calculation, to the
        end; to complete.
  
     To go to ground.
         (a) To escape into a hole; -- said of a hunted fox.
         (b) To fall in battle.
  
     To go to naught (Colloq.), to prove abortive, or
        unavailling.
  
     To go under.
         (a) To set; -- said of the sun.
         (b) To be known or recognized by (a name, title, etc.).
         (c) To be overwhelmed, submerged, or defeated; to perish;
             to succumb.
  
     To go up, to come to nothing; to prove abortive; to fail.
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     To go upon, to act upon, as a foundation or hypothesis.
  
     To go with.
         (a) To accompany.
         (b) To coincide or agree with.
         (c) To suit; to harmonize with.
  
     To go well with, To go ill with, To go hard with, to
        affect (one) in such manner.
  
     To go without, to be, or to remain, destitute of.
  
     To go wrong.
         (a) To take a wrong road or direction; to wander or
             stray.
         (b) To depart from virtue.
         (c) To happen unfortunately; to unexpectedly cause a
             mishap or failure.
         (d) To miss success; to fail.
  
     To let go, to allow to depart; to quit one's hold; to
        release.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beg \Beg\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Begged; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Begging.] [OE. beggen, perh. fr. AS. bedecian (akin to
     Goth. bedagwa beggar), biddan to ask. (Cf. Bid, v. t.); or
     cf. beghard, beguin.]
     1. To ask earnestly for; to entreat or supplicate for; to
        beseech.
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              I do beg your good will in this case. --Shak.
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              [Joseph] begged the body of Jesus.    --Matt. xxvii.
                                                    58.
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     Note: Sometimes implying deferential and respectful, rather
           than earnest, asking; as, I beg your pardon; I beg
           leave to disagree with you.
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     2. To ask for as a charity, esp. to ask for habitually or
        from house to house.
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              Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his
              seed begging bread.                   --Ps. xxxvii.
                                                    25.
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     3. To make petition to; to entreat; as, to beg a person to
        grant a favor.
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     4. To take for granted; to assume without proof.
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     5. (Old Law) To ask to be appointed guardiln for, or to aso
        to havo a guardian appointed for.
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              Else some will beg thee, in the court of wards.
                                                    --Harrington.
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     To beg (one) for a fool, to take him for a fool.
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     I beg to, is an elliptical expression for I beg leave to;
        as, I beg to inform you.
  
     To beg the question, to assume that which was to be proved
        in a discussion, instead of adducing the proof or
        sustaining the point by argument.
  
     To go a-begging, a figurative phrase to express the absence
        of demand for something which elsewhere brings a price;
        as, grapes are so plentiful there that they go a-begging.
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     Syn: To Beg, Ask, Request.
  
     Usage: To ask (not in the sense of inquiring) is the generic
            term which embraces all these words. To request is
            only a polite mode of asking. To beg, in its original
            sense, was to ask with earnestness, and implied
            submission, or at least deference. At present,
            however, in polite life, beg has dropped its original
            meaning, and has taken the place of both ask and
            request, on the ground of its expressing more of
            deference and respect. Thus, we beg a person's
            acceptance of a present; we beg him to favor us with
            his company; a tradesman begs to announce the arrival
            of new goods, etc. Crabb remarks that, according to
            present usage, "we can never talk of asking a person's
            acceptance of a thing, or of asking him to do us a
            favor." This can be more truly said of usage in
            England than in America.
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