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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

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 mick/mickey

  (British & Australian informal)
to make people laugh at someone, usually by copying what they do or say in a way that seems funny They used to take the mick out of him because of the way he walked. I thought you were being serious - I didn't realise you were taking the mickey. (British & Australian informal)
See also: mick, take


not important or not good compared with other things of the same type (always before noun) We're talking about a respected organization here - not some Mickey-Mouse outfit.


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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