Definition of Mickey Finn in English:

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Mickey Finn

Pronunciation: /ˌmikē ˈfin/


1A surreptitiously drugged or doctored drink given to someone so as to make them drunk or insensible.
Example sentences
  • The latter mixed with an alcoholic drink is known as a Mickey Finn, used, in detective literature at least, to knock out the ‘goodies’.
  • In many cases, the girl has intentionally been fed a Mickey Finn and is physically powerless to prevent a gang-rape from unfolding.
  • Police say she went to his house, knocked him out with a Mickey Finn and, as he was falling asleep from the spiked cocktail, strangled him with a rope.
1.1A drug added to a drink so as to make the drinker unconscious.


1920s: of unknown origin; sometimes said to be the name of a notorious Chicago saloonkeeper (circa1896–1906).

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Syllabification: Mick·ey Finn

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