mug's game, a


Explanation: What is an idiom?

If something is a mug's game, it's something only a stupid person (a mug) would do.

Context:

"Hello George!" Here, let me buy you a drink!"

"Blimey, call the cops, what's happened? You won the lottery?"

"Very funny. Actually I won £100 today on the horses."

"Betting?"

"Yeah."

"I never bet nowadays."

"Why not?"

"Well, it's a mug's game isn't it? You might have won £100 today, but what about all those times when you didn't win anything?"

"Yeah, that's true, it's a mug's game alright. You going on holiday this year?"

"Yeah, three weeks in Las Vegas..."

Notes:

The word mug can also be used on its own, as someone who is easily fooled into doing things (s)he wouldn't normally do. A mug is the kind of person who spends £15 on an electronic screwdriver that doesn't have a hole to put the battery in, so it can't work. I suppose that makes me a mug, because that's what I did last month!!!

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