- an assault or threat of violence upon a person, especially with intent to rob.
Origin of mugging
- a drinking cup, usually cylindrical in shape, having a handle, and often of a heavy substance, as earthenware.
- the quantity it holds.
- the face.
- the mouth.
- an exaggerated facial expression; grimace, as in acting.
- a thug, ruffian, or other criminal.
- British Slang. a gullible person; dupe; fool.
- to assault or menace, especially with the intention of robbery.
- Slang. to photograph (a person), especially in compliance with an official or legal requirement.
- Slang. to grimace; exaggerate a facial expression, as in acting.
Origin of mug
Examples from the Web for mugging
Worse, all of this mugging business reminds Ross of when he was mugged as a child.15 Times ‘Friends’ Was Really, Really Weird
September 18, 2014
Van Straubenzee had been talking to Prince Harry on his mobile when the mugging happened at about 7.15pm in Albert Bridge Road.Man Found Guilty of Mugging Harry's Friend
August 21, 2012
They are almost always closer to mugging and burlesque than to acting.Cindy Sherman, Actor and Clown
February 23, 2012
It was Harry who was on the other end of the line when the mugging took place, and Harry heard the attack unfold as it happened.
Because he overheard the mugging taking place, Harry was required to report the crime and also give a police statement.
Perhaps I have been mugging it up as a preliminary to coming out here.The Sign of the Spider
I hear from Mr Cookson that you have been mugging lately, just as I have.Dr. Jolliffe's Boys
They were chortling, pointing at each other, mugging for the camera.Makers
I've been mugging away for the Diplomatic and I've just made an awful ass of myself.Sinister Street, vol. 2
This is known as a "mugging" camera and various types are on the market.The Science of Fingerprints
Federal Bureau of Investigation
- a drinking vessel with a handle, usually cylindrical and made of earthenware
- Also called: mugful the quantity held by a mug or its contents
- slang a person's face or mouthget your ugly mug out of here!
- slang a grimace
- British slang a gullible person, esp one who is swindled easily
- a mug's game a worthless activity
- (tr) informal to attack or rob (someone) violently
- (intr) British slang to pull faces or overact, esp in front of a camera
Word Origin and History for mugging
"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.