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verb[no object]archaic, dialect
Complain or sulk.‘it's too late to mulligrub about it’
- ‘"Don't mullygrub," I always said to my kids when they were having a down day.’
- ‘From that day forward, I didn't mullygrub about chemo.’
- ‘At least he wasn't still mulligrubbing about the labor.’
- ‘Some people would mulligrub about taking time out to feed another person's cat.’
- ‘If I mullygrub at the kids all the way to the library, it would be better not to go.’
plural nounthe mulligrubs
Feelings of melancholy, sullenness, or depression.‘another attack of the mulligrubs’‘he was down in the mulligrubs’
- ‘I was down in the mullygrubs for a month.’
- ‘I have scarce stirred to take exercise for four or five days, so it's no wonder I had the mulligrubs.’
- ‘His wife had left him two months before and he was down in the mulligrubs.’
- ‘When she had 'the mulligrubs' she would retreat to her lair in the sitting-room.’
- ‘That would have been easier for her than seein' Pa so down in the mulligrubs.’
Late 16th century: of uncertain origin. Compare with mullygrub.
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