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 Pro days past often served as a mulligan for a poor showing at the combine., "Pro days key for NFL hopefuls with no combine this year," 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,, "Lee Westwood, runner-up at Bay Hill, surges to 36-hole lead at Players Championship," 13 Mar. 2021 The Atlanta Falcons’ rookies are getting a mulligan for their 2020 seasons as Arthur Smith takes charge as the NFL team’s head coach. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Marlon Davidson getting ‘clean slate’ for second NFL season," 26 Feb. 2021 With just 81 plate appearances in 2020, Garver pretty much gets a mulligan. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "J.A. Happ's positive COVID-19 test not likely to hinder progress too much with Twins," 20 Feb. 2021 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

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Mulligan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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