One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A ball delivered so that it stays very low after pitching.‘the bowler was a rare practitioner of the old art of the mullygrubber’
- ‘I'm afraid that the cricketing authorities have banned mullygrubbers.’
- ‘You can hear the exclamations now: "Another mullygrubber ... and Grace has kept it out!"’
- ‘Steve was too distracted to bowl anything but a mullygrubber that rolled along the ground.’
- ‘Not since the mullygrubber incident from 1981 has our collective shame been this palpable.’
- ‘The captain ordered the bowler to deliver a 'mullygrubber'.’
1970s: perhaps from dialect mully ‘dusty, powdery’ + grubber in the sense ‘ball bowled along the ground’.
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