noun. an assault or threat of violence upon a person, especially with intent to rob.
transitive verb. 1 : to assault usually with intent to rob. 2 : to attack suddenly got mugged in the press by his colleagues.
Frequency: An assault upon a person especially with the intent to rob. A quick violent robbery of a person, usually in a public place. There have been three muggings in this street in the past week.
Meaning of mugging in English
an act of attacking someone and stealing their money: Police are concerned that mugging is on the increase. Stealing.
Meaning Nothing to do with getting robbed, ‘mugging’ is another word for studying and ‘mugger’ is to describe a very studious person. Example “He’s a mugger lah, he’ll be cramming all night.
Entries linking to mugging
“to beat up,” 1818, originally “to strike the face” (in pugilism), from mug (n. 2) “face.” The general meaning “attack” is attested by 1846, and “attack to rob” by 1864. Perhaps influenced by thieves’ slang. Related: Mugged; mugging.
Travel with a group. If you think you’re in a high-risk location, you can lower your chances of being mugged by walking with a group. Muggers are much less likely to approach a group of people when they can simply target an individual. If you’re leaving a bar at night, walk to your car or home with a group of people.
verb mugs, mugging or mugged. (tr) informal to attack or rob (someone) violently.
: to study intensively (as for an examination) transitive verb.
Informally, a mug is a face: that’s why a mug shot of a prisoner is a picture of his face right after he has been arrested. When it’s a verb, mug means “rob someone while threatening violence.” This meaning came from an earlier definition, “to strike someone in the face (or the mug).”