Meaning of Idiom ‘Beg to Differ’
To beg to differ means to disagree with someone. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,3Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.
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“I beg to differ’ is a courteous and formal way of expressing disagreement with someone and is usually used in a statement to the person one is disagreeing with. 4Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.
Examples Of Use
“I beg to differ. The tax cuts will in no way benefit the working class.”
“You have stated that men should not have to check in with their wives. I beg to differ. You owe your wife an explanation since you are married to her and it is a partnership.”
“Some may beg to differ, but I believe that we must fight for change.”
Used since around 1600.
This use of the word beg for ‘ask’ is similar to many other uses such as I beg your pardon, I beg to state, etc. 5Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
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