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Ask humbly to avoid answering a question? (3)


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'ask humbly' is the definition.
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(Other definitions for beg that I've seen before include "Plead like mendicant" , "Earnestly entreat" , "Solicit charity" , "Plead or ask for alms" , "Get by any means - . . ., borrow or steal" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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