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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.

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It beggars belief that the Care Quality Commission heard from a family member that overstretched staff decided when their relative could have a shower.
It beggars belief that their diets could produce such a drastic effectKathryn Harley, former dean of the faculty of Kathryn dean of the faculty of dental surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons
But it beggars belief that Labour councillor Nick Small wants to create a postcode lottery by demanding that only the young people from the poorest districts should be allowed to benefit from this help.
Club legend Le Tissier, who scored 161 goals in 443 appearances during a 16-year spell, said: "It beggars belief when you think about the amount of cash which has gone in and out of that club since they were relegated from the Premier League.
IT beggars belief that an illegal immigrant is not only working in the Council House but also signing cheques for millions.
The story of Birchall, who was born in Stafford, becoming the first white player to turn out for the two Caribbean islands in 60 years is so unlikely it beggars belief.
Considering these students are supposed to be the educated elite they show lack of common sense that beggars belief.
It beggars belief that the government [is] prepared to allow foreign police officers to operate on British soil unchecked by law," complained Veritas leader Damian Hockney in an April 11 message to the London Assembly.
The basis of Oystertec's fluid connectors, which can be used on all the fluid systems on a vehicle, is so simple that it beggars belief that it has not been "discovered" before.
I wish I could say the same of some health staff, whose lack of understanding, never mind training, beggars belief.
AT a time when Middlesbrough is suffering the consequence of massive budget cuts it beggars belief that the seven top brass officers of Middlesbrough Council were paid almost pounds 1m collectively for the year 2011/2012 Clearly Middlesbrough Council was unperturbed by Eric Pickles when he blasted local authorities for the fat cat salaries paid to council chiefs.
THE story about the Aberdeenshire baker who went up the Scottish mountains in mid-winter alone with a compass and mobile that didn't work beggars belief.