Origin of mugging
- the face.
- the mouth.
- an exaggerated facial expression; grimace, as in acting.
- a thug, ruffian, or other criminal.
verb (used with object), mugged, mug·ging.
verb (used without object), mugged, mug·ging.
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.
Van Straubenzee had been talking to Prince Harry on his mobile when the mugging happened at about 7.15pm in Albert Bridge Road.
They are almost always closer to mugging and burlesque than to acting.
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.
Spent the whole morning at the Brera, mugging up these old Italian Johnnies.The Travelling Companions|F. Anstey
The shotgun squad keeps the riots, the mugging, and all the humbug out.Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
His success at school in athletics and the studies which he cared about “mugging” at had not tended to decrease these qualities.The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship|Margaret Burnham
Perhaps I have been mugging it up as a preliminary to coming out here.The Sign of the Spider|Bertram Mitford
I've been mugging up that beastly drill, and can't remember a line of it.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition|Rudyard Kipling
Word Origin for mug
verb mugs, mugging or mugged
Word Origin for mug
"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.