• "The mug fell with a crash on the bridge."
    "The mug fell with a crash on the bridge."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mug rob at gunpoint or with the threat of violence "I was mugged in the streets of New York last night"
    • n mug with handle and usually cylindrical
    • n mug the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
    • n mug a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
    • n mug the quantity that can be held in a mug
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Between 1940 and 1987, a total of 94 patents had been taken out on shaving mugs.
    • Mug A kind of ceramic or metal drinking cup, with a handle, -- usually cylindrical and without a lip.
    • Mug The face or mouth; as, I don't want to see your ugly mug again; -- often used contemptuously.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you squeezed out all of the bacteria from your intestines, you could almost fill up a coffee mug.
    • n mug A. fog; a mist.
    • n mug A small cylindrical drinking-vessel, commonly with a handle; a small jug.
    • n mug The contents of a mug; as much as a mug will hold: as, a mug of milk and water.
    • n mug The mouth or face.
    • n mug A. grimace.
    • mug To distort the face; make grimaces.
    • mug To cram for an examination.
    • n mug Same as green gram (which see, under gram).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As of 1940, total of ninety patents had been taken out on shaving mugs.
    • n Mug mug a kind of earthen or metal cup for liquor, its contents
    • n Mug mug the human face, the mouth.
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  • Freeman Dyson
    Freeman Dyson
    “It's better to get mugged than to live a life of fear.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Ir. mugam, a mug, mucog, a cup


In literature:

Mrs. Crowley came into the kitchen and seeing Mandy at the window quietly turned out a mug of the hot cider and drank it.
"Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks" by Charles Felton Pidgin
He sat down, and when his mother came in, rose to embrace her, and, doing so, knocked down the mug.
"Melchior's Dream and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Returning to the house, Mug stole upstairs to the door of the sickroom, where Alice was now alone with Hugh.
"Bad Hugh" by Mary Jane Holmes
Drain half this mug and then, by all the powers of heaven and hell, you shall convert me.
"Kate Bonnet" by Frank R. Stockton
When she entered, the heat and fumes from fire, candles, tobacco-pipes, and steaming mugs met her.
"The Mormon Prophet" by Lily Dougall
By the time each had emptied his tin mug for the third time all felt inexpressibly sleepy.
"The Harbor Master" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
A man leaned over and returned a borrowed mug.
"Sea Warfare" by Rudyard Kipling
Wamibo had to be poked and yelled at before he saw the mug held before his eyes.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
A stone jug and a pewter mug, And a table set for three!
"Songs from Vagabondia" by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
What d'ye say to steppin' down an' fetchin' up another mugful o' liquor?
"News from the Duchy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

In poetry:

The Man in the Moon took another mug,
and then rolled beneath his chair;
And there he dozed and dreamed of ale,
Till in the sky the stars were pale,
and dawn was in the air.
"There Is An Inn, A Merry Old Inn" by J R R Tolkien
Her eyes were amorously lit;
I knew she wouldn't mind at all.
Yet what I did was sit and sit
Seeing that blankness on the wall . . .
Horatio had a gentle face,—
How would my mug look in his place?
"Horatio" by Robert W Service
This is the yarn he told me
As we sat in Casey's Bar,
That Rooshun mug who scammed from the jug
In the Land of the Crimson Star;
That Soviet guy with the single eye,
And the face like a flaming scar.
"The Ballad Of Lenin's Tomb" by Robert W Service
Said Sym: "Kind friends, and fellow Glugs;
My trade is mending pots and mugs.
I tinker kettles, and I rhyme
To please myself and pass the time,
Just as my fancy wandereth."
("He's minel" quoth Stodge, below his breath.)
"The Debate" by C J Dennis
Was I killed, do you ask? Oh no, boys. Why am I sittin' 'ere
Gazin' with mournful vision at a mug long empty of beer?
With a throat as dry as a — oh, thanky! I don't much mind if I do.
Beer with a dash of 'ollands, that's my particular brew.
"The Ballad Of Soulful Sam" by Robert W Service
'Tis proposed that we shall lug a
Myriad pipes to Mugga Mugga -
Water-pipes to get the wetness to the city's thirsty crowd
Water to ablute and bathe in?
Nay! The language will be scathin'
When the Mugga mugs discover: "NOTICE - BATHING NOT ALLOWED."
"Mugga Mugga" by C J Dennis

In news:

I'm target of 'sophisticated mugging'.
Carrie Anderson, from left, Maureen Gibbs and Rachel Eldert mug in fake "staches" during last year's Stache Bash at the Indiana University School of Medicine -South Bend.
Rep Mary Fallin mugging for the cameras on the US Capitol balcony, waving the Tea Party's favorite "Don't Tread On Me" Gadsden flag.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It is a mug shot for the ages.
Carmela Angela Benevento / SCSO booking mug.
Robert Scheer is the author of The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street (Nation Books).
Comedian Soupy Sales, left, mugs for photographers after delivering his trademark pie-in-the-face to fellow comedian Pat Cooper during a New York party honoring his 75th birthday in this Jan 8, 2001 file photo.
Cups, mugs, grass trimmers, sleepwear .
Food service beverage cups and mugs imported by Carlisle FoodService Products, of Oklahoma City, Okla. Sold at distributor outlets and online between January 2011 and January 2012.
Lions' QB Matthew Stafford's smug mug proliferates.
Shelton Dion Clifton Snead in his most recent Bucks County Prison mug shot.
Two men in car mug bicyclist.
The news came as authorities released his mug shot amid a sex scandal.
A global mugging by reality.
Motley Crue singer Vince Neil's mug shot from the Las Vegas Police Department, released to Reuters June 28, 2010.

In science:

The telescope aperture has a diameter of 2.20 m and features an optical filter (MUG-6) to select photons in t he range 300-400 nm. A Schmidt corrector ring allows the collection area to be doubled without increasing the effects of optical aberrations.
Performance of the Pierre Auger Fluorescence Detector and Analysis of well recontructed events
On the other hand, the elements of the genuine group Diff (M) of active diffeomorphisms are smooth homeomorphisms φ : M → M that can literally take each point p of M into some other point q := φ(p) of M and thereby deform, for example, a doughnut shaped manifold into its coffee-mug shaped copy (Nakahara 1990, 54).
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
Albert’s friendship is typified by generous hospitality, including one night when he met me after I was mugged on the subway.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
In particular, h ∈ L2 , and h(x)f (x)dx = (2π)−d ZRd Λ(g , f ) = ZRd ˆh(ξ ) ˆf (−ξ )dξ , hence h = Mug , where Mu is the Fourier multiplier with the symbol (1 − )(cid:0)Aξ , ξ (cid:1)/|ξ |2 .
Fourier multipliers for non-symmetric L\'evy processes
By Plancherel’s theorem and bounded convergence of the symbols, Mug → Mg in L2 .
Fourier multipliers for non-symmetric L\'evy processes