mug up


(adverb) British slang to study (a subject) hard, esp for an exam

Word Origin for mug up

C19: of unknown origin
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Related Words for mug up

read, review, revise, cram, drum, study

Examples from the Web for mug up

Historical Examples of mug up

  • You always do mug-up the business when you try to do more than I tell you.

    On the Track

    Henry Lawson

  • Mug-up, to paint ones face, or dress specially with a view to impersonation.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • Most of the men lighted a pipe, and one or two took a 'mug-up' from the coffee-kettle.