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Mickey

[mik-ee] /ˈmɪk i/
noun, plural Mickeys.
1.
Also called Mickey Finn. Slang. a drink, usually alcoholic, to which a drug, purgative, or the like, has been secretly added, that renders the unsuspecting drinker helpless.
2.
(often lowercase). Also, micky. a potato, especially a roasted Irish potato.
3.
a male or female given name.
adjective
4.
(sometimes lowercase) mickey mouse.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30, Americanism; Mick (see Mick) + -ey2
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British Dictionary definitions for mickey finn

Mickey Finn

noun
1.
(slang)
  1. a drink containing a drug to make the drinker unconscious, usually formed by the combination of chloral hydrate and alcohol. It can be poisonous
  2. the drug itself
Often shortened to Mickey
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin

mickey1

/ˈmɪkɪ/
noun
1.
(informal) take the mickey, take the mickey out of someone, to tease someone
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin

mickey2

/ˈmɪkɪ/
noun
1.
(Austral, informal) a young bull, esp one that is wild and unbranded

mickey3

/ˈmɪkɪ/
noun
1.
(Canadian) a liquor bottle of 0.375 litre capacity, flat on one side and curved on the other to fit into a pocket
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for mickey finn

Mickey Finn

"strong drink, drink laced with chloral hydrate," by 1928 (perhaps 1890s), of unknown origin. Presumably named after someone, but the various stories about the name cannot be substantiated.

mickey

n.

short for Mickey Finn, 1938.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mickey finn

Mickey Finn

noun phrase
  1. A strong hypnotic or barbiturate dose, esp of chloral hydrate, put secretly into a drink; knockout drops: The drug, sometimes known as ''knockout drops'' or Mickey Finn is a sedative/ Sometime during the nineties, technology finally brought refinement to the art, in the form of the Mickey Finn (1890s+)
  2. A purgative similarly administered (1935+)

[origin unknown and richly conjectured, chiefly being fathered on various bartenders or saloon proprietors with names like Mickey Finn]


Mickey

noun
  1. A potato: We stole our first mickies together from Gordon's fruit stand/ roast mickies in the gutter fires (1940s+)
  2. mickey finn: Mickeys act so drastically that one may kill a drunk with a weak heart (1915+)
  3. A half-bottle of liquor (1914+)
  4. (also Mickey Mouse) A white person; irish, ofay: and the Mickey, which is you, be dead a long time ago, except he says no (1970s+ Black)
Related Terms

slip someone a mickey

[potato sense probably by association with the common phrase Irish potato]


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