Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pain in the intestines; colic.
- n. Ill temper; sulkiness; the sulks: as, to have the mulligrubs.
- n. The dobson or hellgrammite.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Slang A griping of the intestines; colic.
- n. Slang Hence, sullenness; the sulks.
“mulligrubs," all stand out in my memory as tragic, and no doubt prepared me to appreciate tragedy later on as a fine art.”
“Even a rival at the Gold Hill Daily News noticed that this favorite writer is melancholy; he has got the mulligrubs. . .”
“She filled the one brimful for her guest, and the other more modestly to about two-thirds of its capacity, for her own use, repeating, as the rich cordial trickled forth in a smooth oily stream — “Right Rosa Solis, as ever washed mulligrubs out of a moody brain!””
“If Cas could pull out of it and lead a normal, useful life, I certainly should not have had the mulligrubs.”
“It is easy enough to say that a pessimist is a person afflicted with an incurable case of mulligrubs -- one whom nothing in all earth or heaven or hades pleases; one who usually deserves nothing, yet grumbles if he gets it.”
“He has the mulligrubs because he cannot plant himself on a Congressional cushion, or because he finds his wife awake and nursing a curtain lecture to keep it warm when he falls through the front fence at 5 o'clock in the morning.”
“The above slug of "taffy" was accompanied by a woodcut portrait of Miss H-- s which made her resemble a half-naked Indian squaw suffering with an acute attack of mulligrubs, superinduced by an overfeed of baked dog.”
“Idleness lies in bed sick of the mulligrubs where industry finds health and wealth.”
“He is in great force now that he has got rid of his Grenoble mulligrubs.”
“See how it creams; don't be snuffy, Molly, none of your mulligrubs.”
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