mulligan

noun
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 In recent weeks, as some local Republicans advocated for San Antonio to take a mulligan on an RNC bid, the issues were more complex. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Republican convention wasn’t going to fly in San Antonio," 13 June 2020 Louisville’s municipal golf course scramble continued Wednesday, with city lawmakers taking a mulligan on whether to exclude two longtime golf pros from managing courses this year. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville metro lawmakers give nod to some golf contracts, but pass on others," 5 Feb. 2020 Gust was a bit emotional but mainly drained from walking 54 holes over three days in early August with no mulligans or gimmes. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Jealous golfers wanted Lisa Simpson to quit because she kept winning Park Ridge Country Club championships. Mike Ditka told her to ‘keep beating their ass.’," 4 Aug. 2019 Card draw is incredibly important, and the lack of a proper mulligan rule is a bit shocking. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Unmatched: Battle of Legends," 14 Dec. 2019 Golfer’s Package is $20 and includes two mulligans, one Magic Putt and 10 opportunity drawing tickets. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encinitas offers accounting workshop for business owners," 19 Sep. 2019 Golfers can also purchase mulligans (proceeds benefit Pro Kids, an organization aimed at serving underserved youth). Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fall's Links at Petco Park tee times available Wednesday," 5 Sep. 2017 Everyone gamely took a shot at answering, although Klobuchar, Sanders and Biden essentially took a mulligan by mentioning their closeness to John McCain (the one Republican who didn't inspire visceral hatred on the part of Democrats). Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Elizabeth Warren Takes a Turn in the Hot Seat at Democratic Debate," 16 Oct. 2019 No one’s sure what’s going on and there’s not a soul in Atlanta who wouldn’t go back to halftime of Super Bowl LI and take a mulligan. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Texans-Falcons Q&A with Knox Bardeen," 4 Oct. 2019

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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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27 Jun 2020

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“Mulligan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mulligan. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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