a mug's game

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of a mug's game

British, informal
: something that only a foolish person would do
  • Drinking and driving is a mug's game.

Word by Word Definitions

mug play
  1. : a cylindrical drinking cup

  2. : the face or mouth of a person

  3. : grimace

  1. : to pose or make faces especially to attract attention or for a camera

  2. : photograph

  1. : to assault usually with intent to rob

  2. : to attack suddenly

game play
  1. : activity engaged in for diversion or amusement : play

  2. : the equipment for a game

  3. : often derisive or mocking jesting : fun, sport

  1. : to play for a stake

  2. : to lose or squander by gambling

  3. : to take dishonest advantage of : cheat

  1. : having or showing a resolute unyielding spirit

  2. : willing or ready to proceed

  3. : of or relating to game

  1. : lame


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