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mug up

(adverb) (Brit, slang) to study (a subject) hard, esp for an exam
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Examples from the Web for mug up
Historical Examples
  • They've given us the whole of "Ivanhoe" to mug up for a holiday task.

  • Just fill that mug up with lukewarm water, William, will you?

  • Twice he took the mug up and put it down agin without starting and asked 'em wot the little game was, but they on'y laughed.

  • Go down into the forepeak of any Gloucesterman and ask the crew, while they "mug up," if they like baked cusk.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • He did his mug up in tissue paper and cotton batting and kept it locked up in his third bureau drawer.

    Tell Me Another Story Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Slang definitions & phrases for mug up

mug up

verb phrase

  1. To have a snack (1897+ Canadian)
  2. To have a cup of coffee (WWII Navy)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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