mugger

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mugger a robber who takes property by threatening or performing violence on the person who is robbed (usually on the street)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Out of the 34,000 gun deaths in the U.S. each year, fewer than 300 are listed as "justifiable homicide," the only category that could include shooting a burglar, mugger, or rapist.
    • Mugger The common crocodile (Crocodilus palustris) of India, the East Indies, etc. It becomes twelve feet or more long.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mugger Same as muggar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Mugger (Scot.) a tramping tinker or vendor of earthenware
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Quotations

  • Michael Winner
    Michael Winner
    “The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    Ronald%20Reagan
    “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hind. magar, fr. Skr. makara, sea monster
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ir. mugan, a mug, mucog, a cup.

Usage

In literature:

That was the Ghaut of the village of Mugger-Ghaut.
"The Second Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling
East and west hugger-mugger.
"Tartarin de Tarascon" by Alphonse Daudet
Muddle flies before it, and hugger-mugger becomes a thing unknown.
"Character" by Samuel Smiles
It is all hugger-mugger, with miss a-leaving.
"Foul Play" by Charles Reade
Well, I thought it would be all of a hugger-mugger.
"Love Eternal" by H. Rider Haggard
The ware of Cooper Climent was rejected in horror, much to the benefit of his rivals the muggers, who dealt in earthenware.
"Old Mortality, Illustrated, Volume 1." by Sir Walter Scott
The ware of Cooper Climent was rejected in horror, much to the benefit of his rivals the muggers, who dealt in earthenware.
"Old Mortality, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Orderly, pass the word that we will see Mr. MUGGER.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, May 30, 1891" by Various
She's always at hugger-mugger with Anne Wixted.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
But I have an appointment in the Palace Gardens, at the time they feed the muggers.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
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In poetry:

Into your Soul may truculent Daemons pass
All hugger-mugger in that dun Morass,
But while the Rouge is mantling to your Cheek,
Nothing will chide you in your Looking-Glass.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Cops catch Billyburg 'Metropolitan mugger .
Mugger stoops to kicking blind.
Armed mugger flees when he's spooked.
The Age of the Mugger .
Mugger 's Western Diary Happen to Like New York.
But just hours before that, he helped subdue a MUGGER .
Muggers Category: Comedy, Crime, Videos.
KNOXVILLE — Notice to thieves, muggers, pickpockets, purse snatchers and shoplifters who view the upcoming holiday season as an opportunity to ply your trade.
Downtown Victoria 'charity muggers' rankle city councillor.
A man leaving a Brooklyn subway station yesterday was stabbed in the chest as the mugger stole his iPhone, authorities said.
The Nairobi-based operation is the brainchild of John Mucheru, himself a former mugger.
A pair of muggers in the Hill Section could have taken a University of Scranton student's Droid smartphone Sunday, but they wanted an iPhone.
Muggers who tried to attack boxers Amir and Haroon Khan got beaten up by the brothers Monday.
Investigators on Monday released a few mugs of a man they say is a wanted mugger.
The hunt is on for Williamsburg's subway muggers.
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