soft mick

soft mick

A non-specific military term used for emphasis. It's colder than soft mick out here today! That idea is as stupid as soft mick.
See also: mick, soft
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Carolyn Taylor has another character about whom she is curious: "Who is 'soft Mick'?" And she provides an example of how his name is invoked as, for instance, describing an itinerant professional footballer by saying: "He's had more clubs than soft Mick."
ANOTHER query which has been hanging around for a short while refers to a certain person named Soft Mick.
J Sutherland, of Fenham, Newcastle, asks: "Why do people use the phrase 'He's had more attempts than soft Mick'?
Mr Lackenby, one of the few giving it a go, writes: "Soft Mick is often used in conjunction with shoes (more shoes than Soft Mick) leading people to believe that he may have been an Irish shoe peddler working around Accrington in the early 1900s."
And, ironically for a club who have frittered away more strikers than soft Mick, their problems have been compounded by the lengthy injury lay-offs of Nathan Elllington, their one danger up front.
Thanks to Denis' correspondents, we now know about Happy Larry and Proper Charlie, though not about Soft Mick. Nobody seems to know anything about Soft Mick.
We have all used the expression Soft Mick but possibly only the older generation knows the one which relates to darkening clouds that portend bad weather: "It's looking black over Bill's mother's."
Sticking with the name theme, J Sutherland, of Fenham, Newcastle, asks: "Why do people use the phrase 'He's had more attempts than soft Mick'?
He was referring to Soft Mick. Surely, you must have heard it?
Another claimed he was an Irish shoe peddler who worked in the Accrington area in the early 1900s and thus inspired the phrase "More shoes than Soft Mick."