One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A stew made from odds and ends of food.
- ‘The whole painting is a mulligan stew of form and gesture.’
- ‘But unfortunately, the film also tries to be a suspense thriller, a love story, and god knows what else, until it finally becomes what they used to call mulligan stew.’
- ‘Instead, he seems never to have acknowledged such boundaries, seeing culture more as a mulligan stew than as an endeavor replete with categorical divisions and hierarchies.’
- ‘Ms. Chalmers shows how a simple beef stew can become a hearty mulligan, a Belgian carbonnade, a French boeuf bourguignon, or your own less classic invention.’
- ‘Later Mrs. Blake recalled how the troop used to hike out to Browns Gulch and cook a ‘mulligan.’’
2(in informal golf) an extra stroke allowed after a poor shot, not counted on the scorecard.
- ‘So let me get this straight: You want to take mulligans and conceded putts so that you can do well in a tournament, but at the same time not have your handicap be affected?’
- ‘It is not unusual for a friendly match to allow mulligans on the first tee.’
- ‘Our 42nd president was another authority figure well-known for mulligans, not counting shots, and fluffing up his score.’
- ‘If you take a mulligan, then the second putt is performed as to how you aimed and powered it.’
- ‘Being that Tully is a super senior golfer we allowed him a mulligan off the first tee.’
- ‘Clinton did this even though he knew that Van Natta was golfing with him for the primary purpose of counting his mulligans.’
- ‘This year every player will receive the ‘Full Monty’ of 24 mulligans inclusive with the entry fee, which is fixed at bht 2,500 each.’
- ‘Other than a few staunch golfing purists, most of us believe in the concept of taking a mulligan.’
- ‘Other examples of under-counting allow taking a first-tee mulligan or recording net pars on a round started but not completed because of bad weather.’
- ‘As usual, you can tweak just about every conceivable setting before beginning a round, such as mulligans, gimmes, weather and green conditions, and pin difficulty, so that you never have the same game twice.’
Early 20th century: apparently from the surname Mulligan.
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