In informal and friendly games of golf, a permission to take another stroke without counting the previous stroke against the score, when a stroke was poorly played; a free stroke; as, to take a mulligan.
Allowing a player to have another shot off the tee without penalty. Not something allowed in tournament play but some friendly games will determine a number of "mulligans" per round before the round begins. My guess is somebody, way back when, named Mulligan, liked to take another shot if he was dissatisfied with the first. Probably a high ranking land owner playing with his subordinates, so no one argued with him.
(aka: "lunch ball", "Sunday ball", "do-over") taking a second attempt at a shot when one doesn't like the result of the first. Example: "Taking a Mulligan is not allowed in the rules of golf, but is usually tolerated (only if time allows) in casual play."
In CCGs, a mulligan rule lets you redraw your opening hand if it doesn't meet some preset criteria, such as "you do not draw at least 1 card of type X." Sometimes there is a penalty associated with the redraw. Shadowfist has no mulligan rule: on your first turn, you aren't generating any Power, so you can discard as many cards as you like, and then refill your hand as usual. There's your mulligan for you.
Hitting a second ball after being dissatisfied with your first-without penalty. Just because you may be sneaking in a quick nine and there's no one around to see your first shot topped into a ditch. . .it still doesn't make pulling out another right. But no one's perfect.
A player's shot after a particularly bad shot. Mulligans are common on the first tee during friendly matches and are sold at fund-raising tournaments, but are not allowed under the USGA Official Rules of Golf.
In casual play, a golfer who hits a poor tee shot is sometimes allowed to take a second shot without penalty. The second shot is called a "mulligan." It's usually allowed only on the first tee. See also shapiro.
John Mulligan was a Birmingham, England born New Wave musician. He is most prominently known as the bassist and keyboardist of the band Fashion from 1979-1984. Mulligan is of Italian and Indian heritage and is visually remembered with dreadlocks.