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

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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 Assuming Clemson gets a mulligan and gets into the playoff, every other team would have at least two losses. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "For 3rd week, ‘Bama, Clemson, ND, Mich top CFP; UCF’s path," 21 Nov. 2018 While Newgarden did climb into second place — 33 points back of Dixon — Iowa was almost like a mulligan for the championship field. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar in Toronto: 'Eh Team' returns home; Conor Daly returns to field," 12 July 2018 There were adjustments made for the long day, even though the golfers all said mulligans were not allowed and few gimme putts permitted. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "A Lake Bluff golf course needs private funding to stay open. Local golfers are doing all they can to make it happen.," 3 July 2018 Succop made the mulligan for a victory in the coldest game in franchise history. Creg Stephenson,, "Chiefs vs. Titans live stream, TV channel, score; NFL playoffs 2018," 6 Jan. 2018 Night of trivia with a twist, bonus rounds of physical fun, mulligans, prizes, great beer, spirit pull, music and food trucks. The Courier-Journal, "60+ fun things in Louisville the week of Sept. 14-20," 14 Sep. 2017 That means his entire lifetime wasn’t worth one mulligan. Carolyn Hax, idahostatesman, "Getting the cold shoulder from mother-in-law | Idaho Statesman," 19 Mar. 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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