Phrasal verb: mull over

Garden bench


The peace and quiet of the garden is wonderful place to mull things over.

 

To mull over something (or mull something over) is to think very carefully about something over a period of time – usually before making a decision.

 

British/UK English pronunciation: mull over /ˈmʌl ˈoʊ·vər/

 

Examples of use:

1. We need time to mull things over before we decide how to move forward with the business.

2. I’ll mull over your proposals and let you know my decision tomorrow.

3. I need to mull things over for a few days before I decide whether to relocate to America.

4. Don’t force him into making a decision today. He needs time to mull it over first.

5. Do you want the job, or not? You’ve been mulling it over for a week and I need your answer today.

6. I’ve mulled it over and yes, I would like to work with you.

7. News headline (Times of India): Cities mull over 2024 Games bid after Tokyo win.

8. News headline (Goal.com): Juventas mull over move for Barcelona starlet Buenacasa.

9. News headline (China Post): India to mull over next step in proposed economic pact.

 

A good way to practise your English is to write some of your own sentences using the phrasal verb mull over.

Think about how you could use this expression in your daily life.

Is there something you need to mull over? Do you have a decision to make and you need time to think about it?

Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

 

Angela Boothroyd

Angela Boothroyd

Freelance writer, English language teacher, at Botanical Linguist
Hi, I'm Angela, the creator of the Botanical Linguist site. I'm a freelance writer, linguist, and qualified English language teacher. I specialize in writing online course content, and blog posts and articles about business, education, and the English language. I’m also a writing coach for non-native users of English who want to blog better in English.
Angela Boothroyd
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Comments

  1. I have to say I really love the phrasal verb, to mull over. 🙂
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    • ‘Mull’ is a good word, isn’t it? 🙂 My etymology dictionary says it’s formed from ‘mull’ as in pulverize or crumble. I guess when you mull over a problem you figuratively grind it to dust or ashes.

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