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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.
See also: around, mickey, mouse

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.
See also: mickey, of, take

mickey mouse

1. noun Something that is trivial. All I ever do at this job is a lot of mickey mouse.
2. noun 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 Trivial or boring. She needs to get a real job instead of wasting time with this mickey mouse internship.
See also: mickey, mouse

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.
See also: mickey, slip

take the mickey

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.
See also: mickey, take

slip someone a Mickey Finn

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.
See also: Finn, mickey, slip

take the mickey

tease 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.
See also: mickey, take

slip someone a Mickey Finn

give 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 ).
See also: Finn, mickey, slip

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.
See also: mick, mickey, take


and micky
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.

Mickey D’s

n. McDonald’s fast-food restaurant. (Teens and collegiate.) Let’s hit Mickey D’s for chow this noon.
See also: mickey

Mickey finished

mod. alcohol intoxicated; totally drunk. (A play on Mickey (Finn).) I guess the old guy is about Mickey finished. He’s plootered!
See also: finished, mickey

Mickey (Finn)

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 also: Finn, mickey



mickey mouse

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?
See also: 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.
See also: ear, mickey, mouse

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.
See also: habit, mickey, mouse

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.
See also: mickey, slip

take the mickey out of

Chiefly British
To tease or mock (someone).
See also: mickey, of, out, take
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