mul·​li·​gan | \ ˈmə-li-gən How to pronounce mulligan (audio) \

Definition of mulligan

: a free shot sometimes given a golfer in informal play when the previous shot was poorly played

Examples of mulligan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But this year Bob Bradley’s team gets something of a mulligan on that last game thing because LAFC still has as many as three CONCACAF Champions League games to play. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer newsletter: Remembering Diego Maradona," 1 Dec. 2020 The Wolverines will likely want a mulligan after rewatching their first-half performance. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football humiliated by Wisconsin in historic 49-11 thrashing," 15 Nov. 2020 But Zimmer has enough of a track record and history that he can be allowed a mulligan and a teachable moment. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Five times we panicked about the Vikings defense under Mike Zimmer," 14 Sep. 2020 Does the club get a mulligan because of the pandemic? Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Takeaways: Looking back on FC Cincinnati's 2020 MLS soccer season," 11 Nov. 2020 Getting the sand to Augusta, however, required the transportation equivalent of a mulligan. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "The special ingredient of those brilliant white sand traps at the Masters," 11 Nov. 2020 There is no better time during this mulligan of a season than this Saturday against Arkansas. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Florida Man Mullen embracing Spurrier role for UGA," 5 Nov. 2020 The good news is, with the pandemic ongoing and any number of unprecedented factors entering the daily worries of head coaches everywhere, maybe Sumlin gets a mulligan this fall. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Tribune’s 2020 Pac-12 football preview: Oregon, USC look like teams to beat, but don’t count out Utah," 30 Oct. 2020 After the brutal loss at Georgia, Nix is playing like this season is a mulligan. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Auburn’s Bo Nix playing like season is a mulligan," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of mulligan

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mulligan

probably from the name Mulligan

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“Mulligan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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