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Definition of beggar noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

beggar

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈbɛɡər//
 
 
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  • a person who lives by asking people for money or food beggars sleeping on the pavement
  • Idioms
    beggars can't be choosers (saying)
     
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    people say beggars can't be choosers when there is no choice and someone must be satisfied with what is available
    if wishes were horses, beggars would/might ride (old-fashioned) (saying)
     
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    wishing for something does not make it happen
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: beggar