- 1A large cup, typically cylindrical with a handle and used without a saucer: she picked up her coffee mugMore example sentences
- "Thanks," I replied as he placed a steaming mug of black coffee in front of me.
- The teacher lifted her empty coffee mug and headed to the door.
- A visibly chastened man, holding a chipped mug of tea, Sven duly confirmed his Englishness.
- 1.1The contents of a mug: I drank a mug of teaMore example sentences
- Time marches on, and nowadays I'm content with a mug of good hot coffee, and grateful for it.
- Taking a long draught from his mug of ale, Colonel Paccar leaned back in his chair, and let his gaze wander over his four charges.
- The man released him roughly and went to sit down again while Betty poured a mug of beer from a container at the back.
- 2 • informal A person’s face: I don’t want to see Barry’s ugly mug when I get homeMore example sentences
- It seems nobody feels that they are guilty until a big, blown up shot of their ugly mug is thrust in front of them with the speed that the offender was doing shown on the snap.
- Obviously, the reason you keep seeing our four ugly mugs up here night after night is that the ratings are at such a level…
- Guys, you're not fooling anyone - I've seen your ugly mugs in the liner notes.
- 3British • informal A stupid or gullible person: they were no mugs where finance was concernedMore example sentences
fool, simpleton, innocent, dupe, gull• informal sucker, soft/easy touch, pushover, chump, noddle, dummy, dope, dimwit, dumbo, nerd, knucklehead, lamebrain, pea-brain, pudding-head, thickhead, wooden-head, pinhead, airhead, birdbrainAustralian/New Zealand • informal dillNorth American • vulgar slang asshat
- The title of this piece might seem to be no more than a comment on the ease with which the flats, mugs, suckers, punters, marks, gulls, or coneys could be relieved of their money.
- But if you work out how these people make their money, the answer is simple: from mugs who take the bait.
- It was amazin' how he'd fooled so many mugs round here over the years and in fact how few people actually knew his record.
- 4US • informal A hoodlum or thug.More example sentences
- This town is being held hostage by mugs, thugs, murderers and intimidators.
- It's a dour game for thugs, mugs and businessmen.
- So went poor Jean Dexter, blonde and beautiful, choked and doped and drowned in the bathtub of her Upper West Side apartment by a couple of mugs in suits and leather gloves.
verb (mugs, mugging, mugged)• informal Back to top
- 1 [with object] Attack and rob (someone) in a public place: he was mugged by three men who stole his bikeMore example sentences
- A Swindon man was forced to hand over £100 when he was mugged in a public toilet.
- Meanwhile, a woman suffered injuries to her arm and wrist after grappling with a robber who mugged her for her handbag in Bradford city centre.
- A couple of nights ago, while I was walking from my car to my apartment, I was mugged and assaulted.
- 2 [no object] Make faces, especially silly or exaggerated ones, before an audience or a camera: he mugged for the cameraMore example sentences
- Expect lots of silly dancing around and mugging to camera.
- His wacky personality seems anything but morbid in the film, where he mugs for the camera and tells funny stories about his life.
- He claims that he used to be a nerd, and he mugs for the camera in that doofy smiley way.
a mug's game
- • informal An activity in which it is foolish to engage because it is likely to be unsuccessful or dangerous: playing with drugs is a mug’s gameMore example sentences
- Whether times make the politician, or individuals drive events, forecasting a wannabe PM's likely legacy is a mug's game.
- Amanda said: ‘Drugs are a mug's game and Andrew felt the only way of staying clean was to move out of Selby.’
- I know, I know, it's a mug's game to try to ‘improve’ on any script, especially this one, but I'm curious to see what you'll think.
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- I wasn't thirsty, but I drank a couple of mugfuls which went straight through me.
- ‘Don't come near me,’ I muttered to myself, fearful of finding myself with a mugful of coffee tipped over me as she wobbled to a table.
- We had a good time eating our meal, with a mugful of Esther's home-brew.
early 16th century (originally Scots and northern English, denoting an earthenware bowl): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian mugge, Swedish mugg 'pitcher with a handle'.
verb (mugs, mugging, mugged)[with object] (mug something up) British • informal
- Learn or revise a subject as far as possible in a short time: I’m constantly having to mug up things ahead of teaching them [no object]: we had mugged up on all things Venetian before the start of the courseMore example sentences
- One has the impression that Greenfield was informed she would be asked about this period in Freud's early psychoanalytic career, so she mugged it up from a psychoanalytic source and regurgitated it as best she could.
- Education was more a case of ‘reproduction rather than application’, with everyone trying to ‘mug it up’, because what mattered was the not the ability to understand the subject, but to ‘write it down’.
- It is the duty of any professional musician to mug up on all aspects of the subject.
mid 19th century: of unknown origin.