mug's game


: a profitless or futile activity

Examples of mug's game in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These are pursuits that can often be, to use a British phrase, a mug's game. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mug's game was in 1900

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“Mug's game.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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