- to grub or play in mud.
Origin of mudlark
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Examples from the Web for mudlark
This was Captain Abersouth, formerly of the Mudlark—as good a seaman as ever sat on the taffrail reading a three volume novel.
So I shipped as mate on the Mudlark, bound from London to wherever the captain might think it expedient to sail.
On the voyage of which I write he had taken no cargo at all; he said it would only make the Mudlark heavy and slow.
You wade along in this way step by step, like a mudlark at Portsmouth Hard, hoping gradually to regain the surface.South!
Sir Ernest Shackleton
As a lad I slept with the rats, held horses, swept crossings and lived like a mudlark!The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
- slang, rare a street urchin
- (formerly) one who made a living by picking up odds and ends in the mud of tidal rivers
- Australian slang a racehorse that runs well on a wet or muddy course
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