Definition: BEG OFF

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Definition: BEG OFF


An American Sign Language definition is provided by Steve Moore.


BEG-OFF: To ask to be released from work without penalty.


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The video begins with a title slide featuring a line drawing of a figure depicting the handshapes B-E-G-O-F-F for the vocabulary term, beg-off. Next in a video recording, Steve Moore, a white older man, defines the term in American Sign Language. He stands in front of a blue screen in a film studio.


Among us employees at the Washington Post, one of our favorite words was “beg-off”.
For example, if you were working and something came up, or you just felt frustrated and wanted to leave, you would tell your boss, “I beg-off.” Which meant, I’m stopping work right now, and I’m leaving of the building. We had a blessing in the form of that word “beg-off”, we never forgot it.




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