One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various chiefly marine fish that are widely caught for food.
- ‘Season the red mullet fillets with salt and black pepper and lay them in the hot olive oil.’
- ‘However it appears to work much better than any conventional tactics for thin-lipped grey mullet.’
- ‘Red mullet were grouped in the sand, and European parrotfish meandered through the seagrass.’
- ‘Without doubt one of the nicest fish to catch in the ocean during the warm summer weather are mullet.’
- ‘A mullet is a fish that tastes horrid and very few people like them.’
- ‘At Christchurch I have seen this method produced some good bags of the thin-lipped mullet.’
- ‘Rather to my surprise, because fish only recently entered my daughter's menu on a regular basis, she chose the mullet.’
- ‘Naturally I continued to fish on and had another two smaller thin-lipped mullet from other swims.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Similarly large lateral forces relative to thrust force have been observed in trout (Drucker and Lauder, in preparation), mullet, and danio.’
- ‘This venue is good for carp, crucians and mullet; it is also one of the prime catfish venues.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘With higher ocean temperature we often find more mackerel, bass and mullet willing to feed.’
- ‘Les gets his sea bass, grey mullet, and plaice from Morecambe Bay.’
- ‘To serve, arrange the red mullet fillets on four warmed plates and spoon the mushrooms over or alongside them.’
- ‘As I sipped my breakfast tea, fish gathered below the decking, possibly mullet but posing like koi carp.’
- ‘Add red mullet and sauté on one side for 30 seconds to brown.’
- ‘At their best, grey mullet are fine fish to eat.’
- ‘On the coast you saltwater fly fishers can expect to catch bass, mullet, garfish, flounders and mackerel.’
- ‘There was a definite lightness of touch to the grilled red mullet fillets too.’
like a stunned mullet
informal Dazed and uncomprehending.‘he sat there like a stunned mullet’
- ‘The actor is once again faintly awful, most of the time acting like a stunned mullet instead of exhibiting any real emotion.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He looked like a stunned mullet on the stage when the balloons came down.’
- ‘The blogs are like stunned mullets over why no one is taking much notice of him and his book.’
- ‘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.’
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.’
- ‘The mullet (star) represents the Lone Star of Texas and is surmounted by a sunburst symbolizing the Philippine Unit Commendation in World War II.’
- ‘He stated the mullet/star is the basic symbol of the Scottish clan DOUGLAS.’
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.
- ‘Joni sports a mid-range wrestler mullet and a purple wrestling suit to match it.’
- ‘Bott possesses a mean mullet haircut and a talent for sharpie dancing, amongst other dubious pursuits.’
- ‘Fordham earned the Viking tag largely thanks to his large frame, fuzzy beard and a remarkably coiffured lengthy brown mullet hairstyle.’
- ‘Midweek nightlife includes live singing to a karaoke track by a stout lady with a blonde mullet.’
- ‘The fashion conscious would not hesitate in answering - they have all sported a mullet hairstyle.’
- ‘The mullet, that dodgy haircut with short top and long back (aka business in the front, party at the back), is making a comeback.’
- ‘In every school yearbook picture Mullet had had a mullet.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They all had a variety of hair styles; mullets, colored Mohawks, long shaggy hair, sleek spikes.’
- ‘They parade in their t-shirts with sunset prints on them, whilst fluffing their mullet haircuts.’
- ‘"There's talk of a league forming," says Chan, who is wearing a mullet wig.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He has an obscene amount of muscles and an unfortunate shaggy mullet hairstyle.’
- ‘And at the end of the book he thought a blonde mullet and moustache was a good disguise.’
- ‘So, I had to wonder - what the hell is the deal with men wearing mullets and tight jeans?’
- ‘Al had a heart-shaped face and mullet haircut peppered gray at the temples.’
- ‘Anyone with that blonde mullet should keep a low profile.’
- ‘With that name, do you think he wears a mullet?’
- ‘He's not bad looking but is sporting a mullet, singlet and silver chain.’
1990s: of unknown origin.
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