One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various chiefly marine fish that are widely caught for food.
Families Mullidae (see red mullet) and Mugilidae (see grey mullet)
- ‘With higher ocean temperature we often find more mackerel, bass and mullet willing to feed.’
- ‘Rather to my surprise, because fish only recently entered my daughter's menu on a regular basis, she chose the mullet.’
- ‘A mullet is a fish that tastes horrid and very few people like them.’
- ‘Les gets his sea bass, grey mullet, and plaice from Morecambe Bay.’
- ‘Without doubt one of the nicest fish to catch in the ocean during the warm summer weather are mullet.’
- ‘Similarly large lateral forces relative to thrust force have been observed in trout (Drucker and Lauder, in preparation), mullet, and danio.’
- ‘As I sipped my breakfast tea, fish gathered below the decking, possibly mullet but posing like koi carp.’
- ‘Season the red mullet fillets with salt and black pepper and lay them in the hot olive oil.’
- ‘Add red mullet and sauté on one side for 30 seconds to brown.’
- ‘To serve, arrange the red mullet fillets on four warmed plates and spoon the mushrooms over or alongside them.’
- ‘On the coast you saltwater fly fishers can expect to catch bass, mullet, garfish, flounders and mackerel.’
- ‘Naturally I continued to fish on and had another two smaller thin-lipped mullet from other swims.’
- ‘However it appears to work much better than any conventional tactics for thin-lipped grey mullet.’
- ‘I would also row the dinghy out to set the net off the point to catch mullet or other fish cruising the coastline or I would just row out in the dinghy to fish with a hand line.’
- ‘The sea species that I have caught are mainly mullet and flounders, but I understand that there are also other sea species appearing, including bass.’
- ‘At their best, grey mullet are fine fish to eat.’
- ‘This venue is good for carp, crucians and mullet; it is also one of the prime catfish venues.’
- ‘There was a definite lightness of touch to the grilled red mullet fillets too.’
- ‘Red mullet were grouped in the sand, and European parrotfish meandered through the seagrass.’
- ‘At Christchurch I have seen this method produced some good bags of the thin-lipped mullet.’
like a stunned mullet
informal Dazed and uncomprehending.‘he sat there like a stunned mullet’
- ‘He looked like a stunned mullet on the stage when the balloons came down.’
- ‘The actor is once again faintly awful, most of the time acting like a stunned mullet instead of exhibiting any real emotion.’
- ‘The blogs are like stunned mullets over why no one is taking much notice of him and his book.’
- ‘You don't want to be left looking like a stunned mullet when he starts talking, while the masses nod knowingly in agreement with him.’
- ‘They walk into Parliament like stunned mullets.’
- ‘I sat like a stunned mullet trying to absorb that this entire event to raise money is centred on the celebration of my life.’
- ‘The food companies just sit there like stunned mullets as their customers and products are demonized.’
- ‘They all sit there like stunned mullets, saying they really do not know what to do with this bill.’
- ‘He sat there like a stunned mullet when I asked him whether he believed the speech.’
- ‘I am trapped helplessly in the middle like a stunned mullet.’
Late Middle English: from Old French mulet, diminutive of Latin mullus ‘red mullet’, from Greek mullos.
A star with five (or more) straight-edged points or rays, as a charge or a mark of cadency for a third son.
- ‘The mullet, or star, is indicative of the upward surging spirit.’
- ‘He stated the mullet/star is the basic symbol of the Scottish clan DOUGLAS.’
- ‘The mullet (star) represents the Lone Star of Texas and is surmounted by a sunburst symbolizing the Philippine Unit Commendation in World War II.’
Late Middle English: from Old French molette ‘rowel’, diminutive of meule ‘millstone’, from Latin mola ‘grindstone’.
A man's hairstyle in which the hair is cut short at the front and sides and left long at the back.
- ‘Georges' wife, who works for a successful editor, is concerned: not least for their monosyllabic son, Pierrot, a young swimming champ who sports an unlikely curly mullet.’
- ‘He has an obscene amount of muscles and an unfortunate shaggy mullet hairstyle.’
- ‘They parade in their t-shirts with sunset prints on them, whilst fluffing their mullet haircuts.’
- ‘Al had a heart-shaped face and mullet haircut peppered gray at the temples.’
- ‘The fashion conscious would not hesitate in answering - they have all sported a mullet hairstyle.’
- ‘Joni sports a mid-range wrestler mullet and a purple wrestling suit to match it.’
- ‘And at the end of the book he thought a blonde mullet and moustache was a good disguise.’
- ‘My only consolation is that everyone else is displaying equally questionable coiffures - mullets and blond highlights seemed to be the look of the late 80s Somerset Sixth Form student.’
- ‘He's not bad looking but is sporting a mullet, singlet and silver chain.’
- ‘They all had a variety of hair styles; mullets, colored Mohawks, long shaggy hair, sleek spikes.’
- ‘Anyone with that blonde mullet should keep a low profile.’
- ‘In every school yearbook picture Mullet had had a mullet.’
- ‘So, I had to wonder - what the hell is the deal with men wearing mullets and tight jeans?’
- ‘With that name, do you think he wears a mullet?’
- ‘The mullet, that dodgy haircut with short top and long back (aka business in the front, party at the back), is making a comeback.’
- ‘Midweek nightlife includes live singing to a karaoke track by a stout lady with a blonde mullet.’
- ‘I'm going to drink nothing but warm Budweiser, cut my hair into a mullet and turn my living room into a replica of Nassau Coliseum, complete with strobe and laser lights and bad acoustics.’
- ‘"There's talk of a league forming," says Chan, who is wearing a mullet wig.’
- ‘Fordham earned the Viking tag largely thanks to his large frame, fuzzy beard and a remarkably coiffured lengthy brown mullet hairstyle.’
- ‘Bott possesses a mean mullet haircut and a talent for sharpie dancing, amongst other dubious pursuits.’
1990s: of unknown origin.
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