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mule

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[ myool ]
/ myul /
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Idioms about mule

    forty acres and a mule, a broken or unfulfilled promise, especially one with unjust, long-term consequences: an allusion to the parcels of farmland that formerly enslaved African Americans were promised and given after the Civil War and then had taken away from them: The protesters chanted their demand, “Real action, real justice, no forty acres and a mule.”

Origin of mule

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mūla “mule” (feminine); replacing Old English mūl, from Latin mūlus (masculine)

Other definitions for mule (2 of 2)

mule2
[ myool ]
/ myul /

noun
a lounging slipper that covers the toes and instep or only the instep.
a woman's shoe resembling this.

Origin of mule

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English mule, moule “sore spot on the heel, chilblain,” perhaps from Middle Dutch mūle
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British Dictionary definitions for mule (1 of 2)

mule1
/ (mjuːl) /

noun
the sterile offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, used as a beast of burdenCompare hinny 1
any hybrid animala mule canary
Also called: spinning mule a machine invented by Samuel Crompton that spins cotton into yarn and winds the yarn on spindles
informal an obstinate or stubborn person
slang a person who is paid to transport illegal drugs for a dealer

Word Origin for mule

C13: from Old French mul, from Latin mūlus ass, mule

British Dictionary definitions for mule (2 of 2)

mule2
/ (mjuːl) /

noun
a backless shoe or slipper

Word Origin for mule

C16: from Old French from Latin mulleus a magistrate's shoe
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Other Idioms and Phrases with mule

mule

see stubborn as a mule.

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