Definition of mulligan in English:


Line breaks: mul¦li|gan
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌlɪg(ə)n


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