To mush means to create bad luck for others in gambling situations. The mush is also considered to be a sort of invisible force that brings bad beats and generally unlucky outcomes in gambling games – a jinx or a hex, if you will. This term may also be used when referring to a particularly ill-starred person.
1. “Hey, let’s go mush up those guys at the Craps table by having a run at the Don’t Pass line.”
2. “Adam is the biggest mush ever; each time he’s around when I’m playing poker I get a bad beat and go on tilt.”
The term was popularized by Robert De Niro’s “A Bronx Tale,” which included a famous quote: “Eddie Mush was a degenerate gambler. He was also the biggest loser in the whole world. They called him mush because everything he touched turned to mush.”
Robert De Niro initially had trouble finding a suitable actor to portray Eddie Mush, so he asked Chazz Palminteri if they could find the real Eddie Mush to play himself. They found Eddie Montanaro in the same neighborhood still losing bets. When they casted him, they became worried that he might “jinx” the film. On Eddie’s first day of filming, it rained.