After an awkward dinner at one of their old haunts, the two walk through a rough neighborhood and are mugged at gunpoint.
Worse, all of this mugging business reminds Ross of when he was mugged as a child.
In the old days, they used to say that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality.
When it comes to health insurance, it seems a liberal is a conservative who has been mugged by an illness.
The alley cat and her kittens would have mugged him already.
The professional thief is the 'mugged grafter'; his photograph and Bertillon measurements are known and recorded.
So I took on the Lockyers and Procters, and mugged up the planets and stars.
Perhaps it would have been better had he stopped in Gueldersdorp and mugged it out.
And Buller lit his candle and mugged at a German exercise till the supper-bell rang.
"Mugging" was all right, so long as you "mugged" the right persons.
"drinking vessel," 1560s, "bowl, pot, jug," of unknown origin, perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Swedish mugg "mug, jug," Norwegian mugge "pitcher, open can for warm drinks"), or Low German mokke, mukke "mug," also of unknown origin.
"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. Hence, also, "a person" (especially "a criminal"), 1890.
"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. Perhaps influenced by thieves' slang mug "dupe, fool, sucker" (1851). Related: Mugged; mugging.
"make exaggerated facial expressions," 1855, originally theatrical slang, from mug (n.2). Related: Mugged; mugging.
[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)]