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mug's game

a foolish, useless, or ill-advised venture.
Origin of mug's game
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for mug's game
  • As readers discover that buying books is actually a mug's game they will ask why they're paying high prices for middling content.
  • It's only a mug's game to vote in a one party state, then pretend.
  • He's a gentleman in a mug's game, and this is no time for gentlemen.
Slang definitions & phrases for mug's game

mug's game

noun phrase

A futile effort; a sure failure •Chiefly British: All this case-making and courtroom argument and laying out of certain facts is a mug's game, a no-win proposition/ Reliving past glory is a mug's game

[1910+; fr British sense of mug, ''dupe, fool, sucker,'' found by 1851]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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