Definition of mulligan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌlɪɡ(ə)n/


informal, chiefly North American
1A stew made from odds and ends of food.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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