from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Rubbish; refuse; dirt; dung.
- n. In mining, rubbish; attle; mining refuse; that which remains after the ore has been separated.
- n. A blundered piece of business; a mull or mess.
- n. The stump of a tree.
- v. To work on in a blundering, untidy, or unsatisfactory way; half do (a thing); spoil; botch.
Well, aw'll mak a mullock o 'thee i' two minnits if tha doesn't shut up!
When your shaft is sunk a few feet, you should begin to log up the top for at least 3 ft. or 4 ft., so as to get a tip for your "mullock" and lode stuff.
The men are hard at work on these hills of "mullock," plying the windlasses by which the stuff is brought up from below, or puddling and washing off "the dirt."
Seen nearer at hand, the dun-coloured desert resolved itself into uncountable pimpling clay and mud-heaps, of divers shade and varying sizes: some consisted of but a few bucketfuls of mullock, others were taller than the tallest man.
This was a mining town called Fig Tree Mount – why, nobody could tell, for there were no fig trees, and not a sign of a hill as far as the level horizon – except for the heaps of refuse mullock that showed where shafts had been sunk.
They’re in a mullock, all turned howthery-towthery
The word 'mullock' comes from 'mull', dirt: see also Scots 'mulloch', "crumb".