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 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,, "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 Bobo has said the administration promised him a long leash and a wide berth, perhaps even a mulligan for last fall after the peripheral neuropathy that sent his 2018, and CSU’s, careening into a ditch. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Mike Bobo looks to be in desperation mode, and that’s not a good look for the CSU Rams," 31 Aug. 2019 Although Powell may want to take a mulligan on the Fed's final rate hike, the central bank was trying to prevent Trump's tax cuts from causing the economy to overheat. Matt Egan, CNN, "How Trump's tax cuts and the trade war have set the stage for a self-inflicted recession," 23 Aug. 2019 Lester deserves a mulligan, while Rizzo deserves a tip of the cap for coming through for his hometown of Parkland. Paul Sullivan,, "Cubs take care of business, make more opening day memories," 29 Mar. 2018 Until then, apparently, the president gets unlimited mulligans from evangelicals. Tierney Mcafee,, "Evangelical Leader Says Trump Gets 'a Mulligan' on Alleged Affair with Porn Star," 24 Jan. 2018

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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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15 Jan 2020

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“Mulligan.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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