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begging (n.)

"act or habit of asking for alms, mendicancy, a beggar's way of life," late 14c., verbal noun from beg (v.). To go begging "find no one to fill or take" is from 1590s. Related: Beggingly.

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Definitions of begging from WordNet

begging (n.)
a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person);
Synonyms: beggary / mendicancy
From wordnet.princeton.edu