1. a mess; usu. in phr. make a mull of, make a mess of.
|Real Life in London I 606: Somebody must make a mull* — but Randall’s the man — he is the favourite of the day, all the world to a penny roll. [* Mull — Defeat, loss, or disappointment].|
|Oliver Twist (1966) 350: Keeping out of the way arter that precious mull that you got me into, which might have cost me my neck.|
|Era (London) 3 June 3/4: I won’t go no further, in case I should make a mull on it (perhaps I have already).|
|Harry Coverdale’s Courtship 105: He’d made a regular mull of it.|
|Light & Shadow Appendix No. viii 59: They really cannot themselves tell what the doctrine of the church actually is, although they speak of it as declared! The whole thing is a mull .|
|Facey Romford’s Hounds 186: He was very uncomfortable, and felt he was making a mull of it.|
|Gentleman’s Mag. No. 235 720: And look what a mull you made of the old Earl business!Clytie in|
|Fifty ‘Bab’ Ballads 276: I must have made a mull, / This matter I’ve been blind in it.‘Phrenology’|
2. (also mullah) a simpleton, a clumsy person; thus a country person.
|Sam Sly 30 Dec. 4/1: [H]e has just taken from a ‘mull,’ surmounted by a real genuine cairngorm, a pinch of Irish blackguard, with which he is enthusiastically fraternising.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 765/2: from ca. 1865.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] I promised to beat the shite out of every mullah bastard that ever darkened the door of The Joy.|
3. (Aus. drugs) marijuana, esp. when prepared (cleaned, sieved) for smoking.
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 44: The one holding the bowl dropped it and the mull went all over the floor.|
|Tracks (Aus.) Dec. 23/4: They said if I didn’t smoke their two ounces of heavy-duty mull, man, then they’d kill ... er ... they’d kill you, Boss!|
|Rock n Roll Babes from Outer Space 124: Tristram pinched some mull between his fingers and examined it closely.|
|Something Fishy (2006) 106: Shit, pot, hemp, grass, weed, ganja, mull. Marijuana.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Adding under his breath that he grew the best mull in Gippsland.‘Killing Peacocks’ in|
(Aus. drugs) a regular smoker of marijuana.
|Tracks (Aus.) Feb. 3/3: I believe that the tide is turning and as this generation of surfers becomes tomorrow’s adults they will leave the drugs to the westies and the surfing ‘mull-heads’ will become a dinosaur.|
|Underground Surf Aust. 62/1: What sort of crew do you have up there? There’d be a lot of mullheads, wouldn’t there?|
|Leaving Bondi (2013) [ebook] Warren, a mullhead working in an advertising agency.|