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verb mug pronunciation in American English /mʌɡ/
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present tense
present participlemugging
past tensemugged
past participlemugged

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  1. 1
    [transitive] to attack someone in a public place and steal their money, jewelry, or other possessions

    They were mugged just in front of their house.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] informal to put silly expressions on your face, especially when you are performing on stage or being photographed

    As he entered the court, he mugged for the television cameras.



a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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