A Japanese newspaper partly held by Toyota reported a month later that the carmaker was mulling a factory in Brazil for production of the same car.


I couldn't find a phrase 'mulling a factory' in any dictionary, hence I instead searched 'mull' in Merriam-Webster.

  1. to grind or mix thoroughly

  2. to consider at length : ponder —often used with over

I guess the meaning of 'mulling a factory' is 'founding or making a new factory', which has nothing to do with the meaning of 'mull'.

Is my guess correct? If it is, is 'mulling a factory' a common or natural expression?

Can you help me understand the phrase 'mulling a factory'?

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    It's definition 2 that you have posted. Toyota is considering whether building a factory in Brazil will be profitable enough to be worth the expense. – jejorda2 Jan 4 '16 at 11:23
  • What Toyota is mulling (considering at length) is where to build the car, Bangalore or Brazil or elsewhere. The context in the article makes this clear, sort of. – JEL Jan 4 '16 at 11:29
  • Either they stuck a red-hot piece of iron into a factory or they're considering building one. – Hot Licks Feb 3 '16 at 16:23

"Mulling a factory" is not an idiom of English.

The meaning is "considering at length the possibility of setting up a factory.

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    ODO for mull shows an example sentence without the usual over. – Andrew Leach Jan 4 '16 at 11:26
  • I've heard it only in the form "mulling over" in this context. (agreeing with @AndrewLeach) – Tim Ward Jan 4 '16 at 13:57

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