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Muff dive

Slang for cunnilingus, dates from the early 20th century (the slang rather than the practice) derives from 17th century slang muff, now largely obsole...

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Mufti

Plain clothes worn by a person who when at work wears a uniform e.g. servicemen, policemen, guards, railway officials etc. derives from the Arabic muf...

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Mug/mugger

Mug is an old word of Scandinavian origin for an earthenware container and as a drinking vessel dates from the 1600s. Mug has been slang for face sinc...

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Muggins

Muggins is a surname that has become a British colloquialism for a simpleton or fool since the late 19th century, especially when referring to oneself...

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Mugwump

In the lead-up to the British general election in 2017, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson described the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as a muttonheaded mu...

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Mull over

This sense of mull means to work over mentally, think through or cogitate and is originally an American colloquialism dates from the late 19th century...

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Mum’s the word

This expression dates from the 15th century and is an injunction to remain silent and not say a word. The word mum here has no relevance to mother. Mu...

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Mumbo jumbo

Mumbo jumbo means nonsense or gibberish, especially that which is connected to primitive religious rituals and dates from the early 18th century. It i...

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Mums and Dads

Rhyming slang for cricket pads, Mums and Dads/pads, dates from the mid-20th century. Recently used by retired cricketer, now commentator, Nasser Husse...

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Munt

Chiefly white Zimbabwean slang for a Black African dates from the mid-20th century, and derives from the Matabele word umuntu meaning people.


Murder of crows

Murder has been a collective noun for crows since the 15th century due to the superstitious association of crows with death because of course they fee...

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Mush

Mush is Standard English, probably a variation of mash, for any soft or pulpy food and is first cited in this sense from the early 19th century, altho...

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Mustapha

British armed services jocular slang as in Mustapha drink or Mustapha crap (must have a) dates from the 1930s and derives from the popular Arab name.


Muti/muthi

South African informal for medicine derives from the Zulu umuthi for medicine and dates from at least the 19th century.


Mutt

US slang for a stupid, ignorant blunderer, an abbreviation of muttonhead, dates from 1910. Again, originating from America, it can also mean a small d...

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