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mug's game

A task or activity that is foolish, dangerous, or will not result in a positive outcome. Primarily heard in UK. Allowing your children to play with fireworks is a mug's game. They are bound to get injured.
See also: game

be a mug's game

To be a task or activity that is foolish, dangerous, or will not result in a positive outcome. Primarily heard in UK. Allowing your children to play with fireworks is a mug's game. They are bound to get injured.
See also: game

mug shot

1. An official photograph taken of someone being brought into police custody, usually characterized by the person wearing a grim or blank expression on their face. The celebrity's unflattering mug shot quickly spread across the Internet overnight following his DUI arrest. I actually managed to make a really goofy face while the cops took my mug shot, which pissed them off to no end.
2. Any portrait or photograph that resembles such a picture. I hate getting my mug shot taken at the DMV for my license—I always look terrible! Wow, nice mug shot! Couldn't smile for the camera, could you?
See also: mug, shot

a mug's game

an activity which it is stupid to engage in because it is likely to be unsuccessful or dangerous. informal
Mug was mid 19th-century slang for a fool, in particular someone who has been duped by a card sharper or criminal. Mug's game appeared in the early 20th century and has been applied to a wide variety of activities, especially horse racing and betting on horses.
1992 Economist From the way many western businessmen talk, you would think investing in eastern Germany was a mug's game.
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be a ˈmug’s game

(disapproving, especially British English) an activity which brings little or no benefit to you: Don’t start smoking — it’s a mug’s game.The money’s terrible in this job — it’s a real mug’s game.
Mug here means ‘fool’.
See also: game

mug

1. n. the face. (Crude.) Wipe that smile off your mug!
2. n. a thug; a goon. (Underworld.) Call off your mugs. I’ll come peacefully.
3. tv. to attack and rob someone. Somebody jumped out of an alley and tried to mug me.

mug shot

n. a photograph of one’s face taken for police records. (Underworld.) I’m going to have to ask you to come down to the station and go through some mug shots.
See also: mug, shot
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The rampant muggings ignited a fierce crackdown and eventual banning of bodabodas from within the CBD.
Sonko later claimed the youths involved in the muggings had been hired by his political rivals to portray him as a failure.
In Model Mugging courses, women first discuss what defense mechanisms they've relied on throughout their lives, where those came from and how they have become outdated.
For many women Model Mugging may be the first time they're confronted with the issue of empowerment--taking responsibility for their own safety by telling someone to leave them alone or physically striking out.
Model Mugging is designed to retrain women--to break through the psychological barriers preventing them from saving themselves.
One of the typical questions asked in Model Mugging classes and demonstrations is, "How real are the muggings?" Although the attacks are stylized to simulate what women experience in real attacks, they aren't realistic per se.
"Many perpetrators are not skilled fighters, and the way the women fight is totally unexpected." One woman reported she was attacked in the subway eight years after she took Model Mugging. She remembered nothing of the assault, but her assailant had been knocked unconscious.
BEIRUT: Friday police reports were topped by two muggings and two break-ins.
BEIRUT: Several muggings were reported in Greater Beirut Friday, as police arrested two men for the same crime.
A Syrian worker who lost cash and ID cards, and a woman in her car, were also victims of muggings in the suburbs by two-men gangs.
Separately, two men were arrested near the airport road on suspicion of using a service van to carry out a series of muggings.