One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who attacks and robs another in a public place.
- ‘Like his brother, he was also a thief, pickpocket, mugger, robber, and arsonist, etc, but he didn't like killing people.’
- ‘They are burglars, dealers, vandals, thugs, muggers, arsonists, a menace to society.’
- ‘A gang of muggers attacked a man 6ft 8in tall and stole his mobile phone as he walked home after a night out in Trowbridge.’
- ‘A passing couple saw the attack and chased the mugger, but he managed to get away.’
- ‘A mugger who snatched a woman's handbag as she made her way to work has been jailed just ten days after he committed the offence.’
- ‘The muggers attacked me in a frigid, windswept, remote parking lot.’
- ‘A mugger who savagely attacked an 81-year-old man in Colchester escaped with just £4 in loose change.’
- ‘A disabled man was left bleeding on the ground with a double fracture of the skull after being attacked by a mugger.’
- ‘A 15-year-old Guiseley School pupil has made his family proud this week after standing up to a mugger who attacked an elderly woman.’
- ‘An angry York mother has called for the return of her son's beloved BMX, which was snatched by two teenage muggers.’
- ‘Five years ago while walking near his London home he was attacked by muggers wielding machetes and suffered severe cuts to his hands.’
- ‘In France, Britons are warned to look out for bag-snatchers, muggers, burglars and pickpockets, all targeting tourists.’
- ‘A plucky mother-of-four tackled muggers who had snatched a handbag off a pensioner.’
- ‘Politicians love to bash murderers, muggers and robbers because being ‘tough on crime’ is a popular stance.’
- ‘You and your date get out of the car, keeping an eye out for muggers and murderers.’
- ‘A woman was attacked by a mugger who threatened to stab her if she didn't hand over her handbag.’
- ‘I am sure there are a lot more thieves, muggers and carjackers who could be dealt with the same way.’
- ‘He was one of the muggers that was attacking that woman.’
- ‘Now, instead of concentrating on speeders and drivers jumping red lights, the officers will focus on muggers and thugs.’
A large short-snouted Indian crocodile, venerated by many Hindus.
- ‘A total of 15 important water bodies in the sanctuary - of which 11 had small mugger populations - were surveyed.’
- ‘As per the Central Zoo Authority instructions, the mugger crocodiles were shifted to the Tirupati zoo, which is crippled by poor turnout of visitors.’
- ‘While in India the number of muggers and gharials are growing in large numbers, salt-water crocodiles are rare as they generally grow in estuarine areas.’
- ‘Visitors watched them in broad daylight lunging at sambar in lakes, relaxing on roadsides, teaching cubs to stalk and even stealing deer carcasses from the mouths of mugger crocodiles in the lakes.’
- ‘Swimming is strictly prohibited in the lake as it holds mugger or marsh crocodiles.’
Mid 19th century: from Hindi magar, from Sanskrit makara, the name of a horned water beast represented in Hindu mythology.
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