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BEGGAR. One who obtains his livelihood by asking alms. The laws of several of the states punish begging as an offence.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The incident -which the RSPCA said 'beggared belief' -is alleged to have taken place near a row of shops in Chesterton, Cambridge, on Friday.
The Patients' Association said the man's ambulance journey from Southend, Essex, to Swansea, West Glamorgan, on Monday 'beggared belief'.
Senator Joe Costelloe said the suspended sentences handed down to the English smugglers "beggared belief".