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[muhl-i-gruhbz] /ˈmʌl ɪˌgrʌbz/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) Southern U.S.
ill temper; colic; grumpiness.
Origin of mulligrubs
1590-1600; earlier mulligrums, apparently alteration of megrims Unabridged
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  • Idleness lies in bed sick of the mulligrubs where industry finds health and wealth.

    Brave Men and Women O.E. Fuller
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Word Origin and History for mulligrubs

"fit of the blues," also "colic," 1590s, mulliegrums, fanciful formation.

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