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 The Celtics considered the Toronto game their mulligan., 27 Oct. 2021 This is despite the fact that trade deficits are a mulligan. Noah C. Gould, National Review, 11 Oct. 2021 If passing on Mahomes was like a tee shot into the woods, how about the ensuing mulligan? Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021 Indeed, Ashby has been a different pitcher since that opening mulligan. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Sep. 2021 Contestants can also take a mulligan now and keep their streak alive after one hitless day. New York Times, 15 Aug. 2021 Jason Lane got his mulligan out of the way immediately. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2021 Pro days past often served as a mulligan for a poor showing at the combine., 17 Apr. 2021 Perhaps true to Fitzpatrick’s point, DeChambeau could have used a mulligan on his opening tee shot, a 286-yard blast with a 3-wood well right of the fairway to lead to a double-bogey 6 on the 10th hole. Edgar Thompson,, 13 Mar. 2021 See More

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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 26 May. 2022.

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