nouninformal, chiefly North American
1 (also mulligan stew) A stew made from odds and ends of food.
- The whole painting is a mulligan stew of form and gesture.
- Instead, he seems never to have acknowledged such boundaries, seeing culture more as a mulligan stew than as an endeavor replete with categorical divisions and hierarchies.
- But unfortunately, the film also tries to be a suspense thriller, a love story, and god knows what else, until it finally becomes what they used to call mulligan stew.
2(In informal golf) an extra stroke allowed after a poor shot, not counted on the scorecard.
- Our 42nd president was another authority figure well-known for mulligans, not counting shots, and fluffing up his score.
- Other examples of under-counting allow taking a first-tee mulligan or recording net pars on a round started but not completed because of bad weather.
- Clinton did this even though he knew that Van Natta was golfing with him for the primary purpose of counting his mulligans.
Early 20th century: apparently from the surname Mulligan.
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