mug up
verb Date: circa 1860 intransitive verb British to study intensively (as for an examination) transitive verb to work up by study

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • mug up — verb study intensively, as before an exam I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam • Syn: ↑cram, ↑grind away, ↑drum, ↑bone up, ↑swot, ↑get up, ↑swot up, ↑bone …   Useful english dictionary

  • mug up — PHRASAL VERB If you mug up a subject or mug up on it, you study it quickly, so that you can remember the main facts about it. [BRIT, INFORMAL] [V P n (not pron)] ...visitors who want to mug up their knowledge in the shortest possible time... [V P …   English dictionary

  • mug up — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms mug up : present tense I/you/we/they mug up he/she/it mugs up present participle mugging up past tense mugged up past participle mugged up British informal mug up (on) something to quickly learn… …   English dictionary

  • mug-up — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: from English dialect mug up, v., to have a snack, probably from English mug (I) + up : a cup of coffee or tea and sometimes a snack between meals …   Useful english dictionary

  • mug (up) — v To study hard. Did you mug up on your physics over the weekend? 1840s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • mug up — verb To study intensely I mugged up on the meaning of road signs before taking my driving test …   Wiktionary

  • mug up — Verb. To revise, learn. E.g. I ve been staying in at the weekends, mugging up for my exams. Informal Mid 1800s …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • mug up — v. study hard and quickly; bone up; cram (for an exam) …   English slang

  • Mug up — study hard …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • mug up — Australian Slang study hard …   English dialects glossary

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