Definition of begging bowl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

begging bowl

 noun
noun
BrE
 
; NAmE
 
Poverty and famine
 
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a bowl held out by somebody asking for food or money (figurative) He is taking round the begging bowl on behalf of the party's campaign fund. See related entries: Poverty and famine
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