mug ( mugs plural & 3rd person present) ( mugging present participle) ( mugged past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A mug is a large deep cup with straight sides and a handle, used for hot drinks.
He spooned instant coffee into two of the mugs.
A mug of something is the amount of it contained in a mug., n-count usu N of n
He had been drinking mugs of coffee to keep himself awake.
2 verb If someone mugs you, they attack you in order to steal your money.
I was walking out to my car when this guy tried to mug me... V n
mugging ( muggings plural) n-var
Bank robberies, burglaries and muggings are reported almost daily in the press...
3 n-count If you say that someone is a mug, you mean that they are stupid and easily deceived by other people.
INFORMAL, disapproval He's a mug as far as women are concerned...
4 If you say that an activity is a mug's game, you mean that it is not worth doing because it does not give the person who is doing it any benefit or satisfaction.
mug's game phrase v-link PHR (disapproval)
I used to be a very heavy gambler, but not any more. It's a mug's game...
5 n-count Someone's mug is their face.
INFORMAL usu poss N
He managed to get his ugly mug on the telly.
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