mug up

mugged up; mugging up; mugs up

Definition of mug up

intransitive verb

: to study intensively (as for an examination)

transitive verb

: to work up by study

Examples of mug up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anyone who has ever worked in a cannery knows that 'mug up' is a colloquial term for coffee break. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Funding for Alaska’s commercial fisheries division in good shape, with $300K going to chinook project," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mug up

circa 1860, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Mug up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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