I toyed with the idea for a few weeks, mulling over the possible repercussions.
NATO is mulling its options, although without much visible enthusiasm, according to sources in Brussels.
Herman, 54, is mulling my question about whether he has been sexually abused.
While mulling the latter I addressed the former head-on: I asked my yoga instructor on a date.
Lieberman's aides say he is mulling over his options, whatever those might be.
In reality, had Bob only known, they were mulling the situation over in their respective minds, and Carson knew they were.
The lookout broke in on his mulling over with a sudden shout.
This skill is also known as gestation, mulling things over, and getting a handle on things.
Of evenings we can court and drink liquor of my own mulling.
The best way of mulling claret is simply to heat it with a sufficient quantity of sugar and a stick of cinnamon.
"ponder," 1873, perhaps from a figurative use of Middle English mullyn "grind to powder, pulverize," from molle "dust, ashes, rubbish" (c.1300), probably from Middle Dutch mul "grit, loose earth," related to mill (n.1). But Webster's (1879) defined it as "to work steadily without accomplishing much," which may connect it to earlier identical word in athletics sense of "to botch, muff" (1862). Related: Mulled; mulling.
"sweeten, spice and heat a drink," c.1600, of unknown origin, perhaps from Dutch mol, a kind of white, sweet beer, or from Flemish molle a kind of beer, and related to words for "to soften." Related: Mulled; mulling.
"promontory" (in Scottish place names), late 14c., perhaps from Old Norse muli "a jutting crag, projecting ridge (between two valleys)," which probably is identical with muli "snout, muzzle." The Norse word is related to Old Frisian mula, Middle Dutch mule, muul, Old High German mula, German Maul "muzzle, mouth." Alternative etymology traces it to Gaelic maol "brow of a hill or rock," also "bald," from Old Celtic *mailo-s (cf. Irish maol, Old Irish máel, máil, Welsh moel).