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Mickey Mouse around
To play or fool around, rather than engaging in serious activities. The phrase refers to the Walt Disney cartoon character Mickey Mouse. Would you quit Mickey Mousing around and take this work seriously? Pete is funny, but he Mickey Mouses around too much for my liking.
take the mick (out of someone or something)
To tease, mock, or ridicule (someone or something); to joke or kid around (about someone or something). A variant of "take the piss (out of someone)." Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. If you are so serious-minded that you can't take the mick out of yourself every once in a while, you're going to have a hard time enjoying most of life. It really hurt Steph's feelings to know that the group had been taking the mick out of her that whole time. Brian was a bit of a troublesome student and tended to take the mick whenever class began.
take the mickey (out of someone or something)
To tease, mock, or ridicule (someone or something); to joke or kid around (about someone or something). A variant of "take the piss (out of someone)." Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. If you are so serious-minded that you can't take the mickey out of yourself every once in a while, you're going to have a hard time enjoying most of life. It really hurt Steph's feelings to know that the group had been taking the mickey out of her that whole time. Brian was a bit of a troublesome student and tended to take the mickey whenever class began.
1. noun, slang Something that is trivial or insignificant. All I ever do at this job is a lot of mickey mouse.
2. noun, slang A police officer. You hear those sirens? Mickey mouse is getting closer—we need to move it.
3. noun, slang A small piece of paper containing LSD and imprinted with an image of Mickey Mouse. Got any mickey mouse I can buy?
4. adjective, slang Trivial or insignificant. She needs to get a real job instead of wasting time with this mickey mouse internship.
slip (one) a Mickey (Finn)
To put a drug in someone's drink that will make them lose consciousness and incapacitate them; to serve someone a drink laced with such a drug. Please be careful—it's scarily easy for someone to slip you a Mickey at big parties like that. The victim of the robbery stated that the assailant had slipped him a Mickey Finn at the bar.
slang Short for McDonald's, an international fast food restaurant chain. Can refer to one of their restaurants, the food that they serve, or the company as a whole. I'm heading to the Mickey D's across the street after class, do you want a burger or anything? Well, it's no wonder you've been putting on weight—you've been eating Mickey D's every day for the last six months! I heard that Mickey D's is looking to buy up yet another fast-food chain.
See also: mickey
dated Very drunk. We were all Mickey finished by the time we left the bar.
a Mickey Finn
A drug that is used to incapacitate someone or render them unconscious, most often put in someone's drink without them knowing. Please be careful—it's scarily easy for someone to slip you a Mickey Finn at big parties like that. The victim of the robbery stated that the suspect had put a Mickey Finn in his drink while they were at the bar.
mickey mouse ears
obsolete Two round, flashing, rotating lights atop a police cruiser. (Modern police cars feature a horizontal bar in which multiple lights are set.) Primarily heard in US. You keep lookout while we crack the safe, Jimmy, and let us know if you see any mickey mouse ears coming our way! The crowds dispersed as soon as the first mickey mouse ears started flashing.
mickey mouse habit
old-fashioned Any low-level addiction that is not considered very serious or dangerous. Sir, our clinic is focused on treating severe cases of addiction—we don't accept patients with mickey mouse habits. I just smoke a little dope in the evenings to help me relax—just a little mickey mouse habit, that's all.
1. slang A small flask typically used to discretely carry hard liquor. I snuck a mickey filled with whiskey into prom with me. My grandma used to take little nips out of a mickey as she sat doing her crocheting. She said it was her medicine when we were kids.
2. slang A 375-milliliter bottle of hard liquor. Primarily heard in Canada. Here's $20, will you go buy me a mickey of vodka? There must be about a mickey's worth of rum in this drink!
3. slang A drug that is used to render someone unconscious or incapacitated, most often put in someone's drink without them knowing. Please be careful—it's scarily easy for someone to slip you a mickey at big parties like that. The victim of the robbery stated that the suspect had put a mickey in his drink while they were at the bar.
4. vulgar slang A penis. Primarily heard in Ireland. He stood up and whipped out his mickey right then and there!
slip someone a Mickey
to secretly put a Mickey Finn in someone's alcoholic drink. (This drug either makes the victim ill or causes immediate diarrhea.) somebody slipped Barlowe a Mickey and sent him into action. For a ten-spot, the bartender slipped slim a Mickey.
take the mickeymainly BRITISH, INFORMAL
COMMON If you take the mickey out of someone or something, you tease them or make jokes about them in a way that causes them to seem ridiculous. He started taking the mickey out of Joe because he's bald. I didn't know whether Neville was taking the Mickey out of me or not. Hey, are you taking the mickey? Note: You can also say that someone or something takes the mick out of someone or something. He's created a comedy that takes the mick out of absentee fathers and selfish mothers. Note: When someone behaves like this, you can call their behaviour mickey-taking. You can also call an instance of it a mickey-take. Until puberty I was really quite plump and had to put up with all the mickey-taking that went with it. It was actually a big mickey-take. Note: This expression may be based on rhyming slang. `To take the Mickey Bliss' means `to take the piss', a very rude expression which means to tease or make fun of someone. `Piss' is a slang word for urine.
slip someone a Mickey FinnINFORMAL
If someone slips someone else a Mickey Finn, they give them a drink containing a drug that makes them go to sleep. I went there once and was slipped a Mickey Finn.
take the mickeytease or ridicule someone, especially in an unkind or persistent way. informal, chiefly British
The origin of this phrase is unknown; take (or extract ) the Michael is a humorously formal variant.
slip someone a Mickey Finngive someone a drugged or otherwise adulterated drink.
Recorded from the 1920s, this expression is of unknown origin, but it is sometimes said to be the name of a notorious Chicago barkeeper ( c .1896–1906 ).
take the ˈmickey/ˈmick (out of somebody/something)(British English, informal) make fun of somebody/something: Are you taking the mickey? ♢ People are always trying to take the mickey out of him because of his funny accent.
1. n. a hip flask for liquor. He took a little swig out of a mickey he carries in his pocket.
2. Go to Mickey (Finn).
3. n. a small bottle of wine. See if you can get a mickey of something for a buck.
4. n. a tranquilizer. (Drugs.) Whatever that mickey was you gave me, it helped.
5. ; mick an easy or trivial college course. (From mickey mouse sense 2) I’ve got a light load this quarter. Three micks and two education courses.
n. McDonald’s fast-food restaurant. (Teens and collegiate.) Let’s hit Mickey D’s for chow this noon.
See also: mickey
mod. alcohol intoxicated; totally drunk. (A play on Mickey (Finn).) I guess the old guy is about Mickey finished. He’s plootered!
1. n. a drink containing chloral hydrate; a drink containing a fast-acting laxative. He slipped her a Mickey Finn, but she switched glasses.
2. n. chloral hydrate as put in drinks to knock people out. There was a Mickey Finn in this drink, wasn’t there?
See Mickey Finn
1. n. nonsense; something trivial. (From the world-famous mouse character by the same name, owned by The Walt Disney Company.) This is just a lot of mickey mouse.
2. mod. trivial; time wasting; lousy. I want out of this mickey mouse place.
3. n. a police officer. (Streets.) Mickey mouse is hanging around asking about you.
4. n. a bit of blotter impregnated with LSD with a picture of The Walt Disney Company’s Mickey Mouse on it. (Drugs.) How much is the mickey mouse?
mickey mouse ears
n. the two lights found on top of a police car. (This is the older form of emergency lights. A bar of lights with varying functions is now the norm in towns and cities.) There were no mickey mouse ears, but the jerk inside looked like your average ossifer.
mickey mouse habit
n. a trivial drug habit. (Drugs.) Nothing to it. Just a little mickey mouse habit. I can stop any time I want.
slip someone a Mickey
tv. to secretly put a Mickey Finn in someone’s alcoholic drink. (This drug either makes the victim pass out or causes immediate diarrhea.) Somebody slipped Marlowe a Mickey and sent him into action.
take the mickey out ofChiefly British
To tease or mock (someone).
Trivial, unimportant, petty. The term, sometimes capitalized (Mickey Mouse), alludes to the cartoon character appearing in Walt Disney films which by the mid-1930s had become childish and silly. It acquired widespread use during World War II, when soldiers used it to describe absurd regulations and petty discipline, and thereafter was applied to almost anything. Studs Terkel used it in American Dreams (1979), “We got a Mickey Mouse educational system that doesn’t teach us . . . how the government works.”