mickey finn

Mickey

[mik-ee]
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:
1925–30, Americanism; Mick (see Mick) + -ey2

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mickey or micky1 (ˈmɪkɪ)
 
n
informal take the mickey, take the mickey out of someone to tease someone
 
[C20: of unknown origin]
 
micky or micky1
 
n
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

mickey or micky2 (ˈmɪkɪ)
 
n
informal (Austral) a young bull, esp one that is wild and unbranded
 
micky or micky2
 
n

mickey3 (ˈmɪkɪ)
 
n
(Canadian) a liquor bottle of 0.375 litre capacity, flat on one side and curved on the other to fit into a pocket
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

Mickey Finn
 
n
slang Often shortened to: Mickey
 a.  a drink containing a drug to make the drinker unconscious, usually formed by the combination of chloral hydrate and alcohol. It can be poisonous
 b.  the drug itself
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

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Mickey Finn
"strong drink, drink laced with chloral hydrate," 1890s, of unknown origin. Presumably named after someone, but the various stories about the name cannot be substantiated.

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Wright (rīt), Sir Almroth Edward. 1861-1947.

British physician and pathologist who developed (1896) a vaccine against typhoid fever.

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