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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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"Yea, it is a goodly song," said Robin Hood, "but methought those two burly beggars told the merrier tales and led the merrier life.
Have we not tramps and beggars enough already to pester us as we sit at meat?
A line of stalls selling very simple food and tobacco, a stack of firewood, a police-station, a well, a horse-trough, a few trees, and, under them, some trampled ground dotted with the black ashes of old fires, are all that mark a parao on the Grand Trunk; if you except the beggars and the crows - both hungry.
"Take a stick to him!" shouted the Vice-Warden, as the old Beggar shook the water from his ragged cloak, and again gazed meekly upwards.
Martin, stopping as you ride gallantly through the world to share your cloak with the beggar."
"I ain't a beggar, marm, an' I don't want nothin' o' you.
While I thought you were making your fortune (as you said you were) you were making yourself a beggar, eh?
"But they received me not," said the voluntary beggar, "thou knowest it, forsooth.
Four or five of them obeyed at once, two remaining on the road with the formidable beggar. There was a pause, then a cry of surprise, and then a voice shouting from the house, "Bill's dead."
This thing of using the common beggar's trick and the common beggar's shibboleth to put you on your liberality when you were expecting a simple straightforward commercial transaction, adds a little to your prospering sense of irritation.
"Let us go and see your beggar, sir, and if he is such as you describe him, you are right -- it will be you who have discovered the true treasure."
Give that beggar something" (a crooked-backed ragamuffin had approached to stare at us).