1. in sense of grimace.
(a) (also mog) to pout, to grow sullen.
|Misc. 122: Wit hung her Blob, ev’n Humour seem’d to mourn, And sullenly sat mogging o’er his Urn.‘Epit. on John Hippisley, Comedian’|
|‘The Mugging Maid’ in Rumcodger’s Coll. in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) IV 245: And for all she drank the blunt he paid, / He won the heart of the mugging maid.|
|Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 479: He never mugged at the pit.|
(b) to make a face, to make people laugh by one’s antics and grimaces; thus fig. to play around.
|Little Dorrit (1967) 282: The low comedian had mugged at him in his richest manner fifty nights for a wager .|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Sept. 11/3: So, though the way / They gambol may / Remind you of the monkeys – / Well, better hug, / And maul, and ‘mug,’ / Than smirk and fawn like flunkeys.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 179/1: Mug (Theatrical). To show variety of comic expression in the features.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 132: Mugging. – Making faces, on the stage as a means of creating a laugh; in criminal circles to give silent warning behind another’s back, or to warn.|
|Really the Blues 119: He’d been mugging at the mike [...] just starting to sing his vocal.|
|Walk on the Wild Side 206: Dove began mugging silently with the singer, pretending it was his own voice mourning Caruso.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 809: mugging – Making faces; to give silent warnings behind another’s back; or to warn.|
|Cutter and Bone (2001) 184: And finally the girl caught on. ‘Uncle! Uncle!’ she cried. Cutter got off her then, mugging triumph.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 260: Hence, too, the photograph that is a mug shot and the verb, to mug, to make a funny face.|
|Guardian Guide 2–8 Oct. 81: The boys mug knowingly at the cameras.|
|Robbers (2001) 111: Fucker was standing directly in front of the camera. Looking right at it, winking and mugging.|
|‘The Hurt Business’ in ThugLit July [ebook] I bounced lightly [...] Watched the Kid mug for the fans.|
2. as a physical or verbal attack.
(a) to fight, to punch, to strangle.
|Sporting Mag. II 279: The latter got away, and in return mugged him .|
|Fancy I 261: Madgbury showed game, drove Abbot in a corner, but got well mugg’d [F&H].|
|Swell’s Night Guide 60: cracksman: Why, send I may live, if she was to tumble to you widding about her, she’d mug you like a shot. Wouldn’t she Sall? shake: Safe, and no nunks. She can slog and no flies, so help my squirter, if I dosn’t put her fly to it.|
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|Life In Sing Sing 250: Mug. to strangle.|
(b) (also mug up) to ruin, to interfere in, to make a mess of.
|Spectre Knight 16: His mind he’d to mugging been giving.|
|‘Steelman’s Pupil’ in Roderick (1972) 209: If Smith [...] ‘mugged’ any game they had in hand, Steelman would threaten to ‘stoush’ him.|
|(?)‘An Oversight of Steelman’s’ in Roderick (1972) 218: You always do mug-up the business when you try to do more than I tell you.|
(c) to chastise.
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(d) to rob, to assault, usu. in the street and often with violence; orig. to garrotte; thus mugger n.1 (2)
|Eye of the Storm 20 Dec. 296: At the sinks, which are a long way from the barracks, many men were ‘mugged’ and robbed.|
|Sl. Dict. 231: Mug [...] Also, to rob or swindle.|
|Soul Market 289: Pickpockets who are adepts in ‘mugging a red’ or ‘pinching a leather’.|
|Big Con 202: Those are just some old cannons that were mugged in Jerusalem!|
|Beat Generation 35: I read about the citation you got for saving that old woman and then keeping the other officers from beating up the bum who mugged her.|
|Howard Street 20: There were [...] teen-age gangs who roamed about mugging and rolling drunks.|
|Carlito’s Way 38: He was gorillaing peoples, mugging peoples.|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 1: People worry in case I’m mugged.|
|Some Lives! 21: Musn’t grumble [...] Only got mugged, didn’t I.|
|Stump 51: This fuckin alky screwed Tommy out of a loader swag an fuckin disappeared [...] Mugged one of Tommy’s little mules.|
|Thrill City [ebook] ‘How’d he get on the boat’ ‘Mugged a guest and stole his clothes’ .|
|Gutshot Straight [ebook] [M]ugged and hit on the head with an almost-full beer can.|
|Viva La Madness 202: Maybe he was mugged. London’s getting dangerous.|
|Dirty Words [ebook] [S]ome gangbangers recognized him from return trips and mugged him.‘Delivery’ in|
|Eve. Standard (London) 29 Feb. [Internet] They did not mug me. It was violence for the sake of violence.|
3. in sexual senses.
(a) (UK/Aus./US campus, also mug down, mug up) to kiss, to cuddle, to neck.
|Life in London (1869) 324: But while you both mug me together, / You’ll make me a spooney (Hiccoughing) I say.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Jan. 5/1: Cosh Jenkins, the carroty bullock driver has bought Bandy Jane a pair of boots for not splitting he seen her muggin’ the blacksmith’s misses behind the skool house.|
|Truth (Sydney) 3 Feb. 1/7: Give ’em sixpence apiece, and let ’em mug all the girls!|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 20 July 14/1: Storp gittin’ at me. If yer luvs me woy don’t yer mug me?|
|Nocturnal Meeting 48: He was mugging me in his usual fucksome style.|
|Aus. Felix (1971) 47: Dick, you fathead! [...] you’ve mugged the wrong one.|
|Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms [Internet] MUG, TO — To fondle affectionately.|
|AS VII:5 334: mug — v. — to kiss.‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in|
|Jive and Sl. n.p.: Mugging up ... Making love.|
|CUSS 160: Mug To neck.et al.|
|AS L:1/2 63: mug vt Kiss.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
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|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Mug (mugg) 1. (verb) To kiss someone (usually while drunk, and hopefully something worth bragging about the next day) [...] Mug down (verb) To make out (kissy-kissy) like bandits.|
(b) (US black) to have sexual intercourse with.
|Far from the Customary Skies 61: Never mugged a black before.|
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4. (UK Und.) to drink.
|Kendal Mercury 17 Apr. 6/1: The venches all vept ven poor Tom hopt the twig, / An’ to drown their vexation vent mugging the swig.|
5. (UK Und.) to trick, to fool.
|‘Leary Man’ in Vulgar Tongue (1857) 42: And if you come to fibbery , / You must mug one or two.|
|Eve. Teleg. 12 Feb. 6/4: Banter may fly around till one statement wilder than usual calls forth the protest, ‘Ye’re moggin’’ (‘mog’ is a quaint corruption of ’mock’).|
|Layer Cake 117: These cunts are tryin to mug us into doin the biz.|
6. to bribe, usu. by plying with liquor.
|Mirth and Metre 253: A scolding spousy was his lot, Wha’ mugg’d hersel’.|
|EDD].Reminiscences II 479: Having [...] mugged, as we say in England, our pilot [|
|Spike Island (1981) 95: You’ve got to turn up results and, if you do, you’ll get a good backhander off the police or you’ll find an insurance company will want to mug you.|
7. to speak; thus mugger n., a speaker.
|‘’Arry on Competitive Examination’ in Punch 1 Dec. 253/2: Mugged a lot about Parley Voo, histry, and grammar.|
|Conversations of a Chorus Girl 147: I want a good mugger and musician, because a cheap turkey actor would queer the act.|
8. with ref. to mug n.1 (1b)
(a) to take a photo, e.g. for a newspaper.
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 332: I recognized him instantly [...] He’d often been mugged for the picture papers.|
|Public Ledger (Maysville, KY) 8 Jan. 1/3: Run as fast as you can when you see a camera man [...] Otherwise stand still and be mugged for the movies. A snap shot artist is on the streets.|
(b) (orig. US police) to take identification pictures for prison/court use; thus mug room n., a room in which such pictures are taken or stored.
|Tramping with Tramps 389: In some cities suspicious characters are arrested on general principles and immediately photographed by the police authorities. Such towns are called ‘muggin’ joints,’ and the police authorities ‘muggin’ fiends’.|
|World of Graft 4: If the Underworld has had occasion to approach him for purposes of graft and found him corrupt, he is immediately classified as an ‘unmugged’ grafter — one whose photograph is not in the rogues’ gallery, but ought to be. The professional thief is the ‘mugged’ grafter; his photograph and Bertillon measurements are known and recorded.|
|Life In Sing Sing 250: Mugged. Photographed.|
|My Life in Prison 25: I was escorted to the photograph gallery and ‘mugged’.|
|Mother of the Hoboes 29: I was led to the ‘rogues’ gallery’ to be ‘mugged’.|
|Chicago May (1929) 36: For the first time I got mugged (photographed) and a place in the rogues’ gallery, and all for a trivial offence against a man who tried to get the better of me.|
|Popular Detective Sept. [Internet] He was a smart gee an’ they never could [...] get him mugged or fingerprinted.‘When a Body Meets a Body’ in|
|Junkie (1966) 39: I was taken to the Tombs, mugged and fingerprinted.|
|Viper 141: We were ‘mugged’ - had our photographs taken - fingerprinted, bathed and dressed.|
|Rage in Harlem (1969) 112: She had never been mugged or fingerprinted.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle 115: [We] mugged him and printed him and then we brought him here.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 56: Back to the precinct to fill out reports, get the prisoners printed, mugged and locked up.|
|Homeboy 186: I got it when they sent me to mug his corpse.|
(c) (US Und.) to arrest, esp. for purposes of identification.
|Powers That Prey 182: Good job for us ’t we wasn’t mugged that time that old Freckleton got ’is glims on us.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 62: Get your rags on, skate down there an’ holler out he’s mugged an’ sent you for the bankroll to spring him.|
9. to act like a fool.
|‘Stiffner and Jim’ in Roderick (1972) 124: You mugged that stuff away, and you’ll have to get us out of the mess.|
|Guardian Guide 29 Jan.–4 Feb. 12: ‘There have been many great hairdressing movies in Hollywood history,’ he mugs, ‘like Shampoo...’.|
10. to stare at contemptuously or aggressively.
|Way Home (2009) 15: One of them gave Chris a look [...] and smiled in an arrogant way. ‘Is he muggin me?’ said Chris.|
11. see mug (up) v.1
12. see mug (up) v.2
(US black) to speak with one’s hand shielding one’s lips.
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see sense 3a above.
to cause trouble for, to fool or deceive someone.
|Layer Cake 35: Ninety percent of the cons are complete fuckin gobshites [...] mug ’emselves off the whole time. [Ibid.] 115: Some very capable geezers who may be thinking that we’re here to mug them off a lorry load of bushwhacked pills.|
|A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 221: I couldn’t believe it! My best pal and my bird! They had mugged me off.|
|Raiders 182: I can only imagine Tufty’s rage [...] He was the fucking daddy, and I was mugging him off.|
|Viva La Madness 224: She thinks I’m mugging her off, talking to her like a cunt.|
|Vanity Fair 16 Mar. [Internet] If they think it’s an inside job, they will not put 100 percent into it [...] They’ll think, You mugging us off, you cunts. You want us running all around London when it’s fucking from inside.|
1. to get drunk.
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2. to make oneself comfortable.
|DSUE (8th edn) 765: later C.19–early 20.|
see separate entry.
1. see sense 2b above.
2. see sense 3a above.
3. see separate entries.