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mugging

[muhg-ing] /ˈmʌg ɪŋ/
noun
1.
an assault or threat of violence upon a person, especially with intent to rob.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; mug + -ing1

mug

[muhg] /mʌg/
noun
1.
a drinking cup, usually cylindrical in shape, having a handle, and often of a heavy substance, as earthenware.
2.
the quantity it holds.
3.
Slang.
  1. the face.
  2. the mouth.
  3. an exaggerated facial expression; grimace, as in acting.
  4. a thug, ruffian, or other criminal.
4.
British Slang. a gullible person; dupe; fool.
verb (used with object), mugged, mugging.
5.
to assault or menace, especially with the intention of robbery.
6.
Slang. to photograph (a person), especially in compliance with an official or legal requirement.
verb (used without object), mugged, mugging.
7.
Slang. to grimace; exaggerate a facial expression, as in acting.
Origin
1560-70; probably < Scandinavian; compare Swedish mugg, Norwegian, Danish mugge drinking cup; sense “face” apparently transferred from cups adorned with grotesque faces; sense “to assault” from earlier pugilistic slang “to strike in the face, fight”
Can be confused
burglarize, mug, rip off, rob, steal (see synonym study at rob)
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Examples for mugging
  • Present policy tempts them to pay for their supply either by mugging innocents or by becoming proselytising suppliers themselves.
  • Better burglarizing of unoccupied houses than robbing and mugging.
  • His penchant for intimidating and mugging players seems to override reacting to the ball.
  • Even if the world has not fully achieved a peaceful new order, its tolerance for political mugging is declining dramatically.
  • All three had arrest records for robbery and mugging.
  • The economically compulsive model suggests that some drug users engage in crimes such as mugging to support their drug use.
  • The animals were captured using a variety of methods including net gunning, darting, and mugging on drive-net operations.
  • The guy wasn't mugging for the cameras--he ran right at the mound.
  • mugging for cameras and walking a king's walk, he knows it.
British Dictionary definitions for mugging

mug1

/mʌɡ/
noun
1.
a drinking vessel with a handle, usually cylindrical and made of earthenware
2.
Also called mugful. the quantity held by a mug or its contents
Word Origin
C16: probably from Scandinavian; compare Swedish mugg

mug2

/mʌɡ/
noun
1.
(slang) a person's face or mouth get your ugly mug out of here!
2.
(slang) a grimace
3.
(Brit, slang) a gullible person, esp one who is swindled easily
4.
a mug's game, a worthless activity
verb mugs, mugging, mugged
5.
(transitive) (informal) to attack or rob (someone) violently
6.
(intransitive) (Brit, slang) to pull faces or overact, esp in front of a camera
See also mug up
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from mug1, since drinking vessels were sometimes modelled into the likeness of a face
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Word Origin and History for mugging
mug
"drinking vessel," 1570, "bowl, pot, jug," perhaps from Scand. (cf. Swed. mugg "mug, jug," Norw. mugge "pitcher, open can for warm drinks"), or Low Ger. mokke, mukke "mug."
mug
"a person's face," 1708, possibly from mug (n.1), on notion of drinking mugs shaped like grotesque faces. Sense of "portrait or photograph in police records (e.g. mug shot, 1950) had emerged by 1887. Verb sense of "make exaggerated facial expressions" is from 1855, originally theatrical slang.
mug
"to beat up," 1818, originally "to strike the face" (in pugilism), from mug (n.2). The general meaning "attack" is first attested 1846, and "attack to rob" is from 1864 (mugger in this sense is from 1865). Perhaps influenced by thieves' slang mug "dupe, fool, sucker" (1851). Related: Mugged; mugging.
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Slang definitions & phrases for mugging

mug

noun
  1. The face: showing so unperturbed a face, so impudent a ''mug'' (1708+)
  2. A photograph of the face; mug shot: a police mug, front and profile (1887+)
  3. A man; fellow, esp a tough, rude sort or a pugilist or hoodlum: Those mugs on the corner seem menacing (1895+)
verb
  1. To photograph a person's face, esp for police records: When crooks are photographed they are ''mugged'' (1899+)
  2. To make exaggerated faces, grimaces, etc, for humorous effect: while Danny mugs through his program (1855+)
  3. To assault and injure someone in the course of a robbery: The victims were mugged in the hallways of their homes (1818+)

[probably fr drinking mugs made to resemble grotesque human faces; the sense of violent assault comes fr mid-1800s British specialization of the term ''rob by violent strangulation,'' probably fr mug-hunter, ''a thief who seeks out victims who are mugs'' (easy marks)]


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