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Tease or ridicule someone.‘they would take the mickey out of me with sickening enthusiasm’
mockery, derision, laughter, scorn, scoffing, contempt, jeering, sneering, sneers, jibes, jibing, joking, teasing, taunts, taunting, ragging, chaffing, twitting, raillery, sarcasm, satire, lampoon, burlesque, caricature, parodyView synonyms
- ‘My family and most of my friends have been taking the mickey, but it is only because they don't know enough about the sport.’
- ‘‘I used to stick up for her at school and in the town when people took the mickey out of her,’ said 17-year-old Debbie.’
- ‘My other half has started taking the mickey out of my taste in TV programmes, noting that all I watch are ‘Long Ago’ documentaries.’
- ‘The other lads took the mickey out of me because I spent my 21st birthday on patrol.’
- ‘I was terrified he might turn on me, and he soon did, calling me ‘Miss Prim’ and ‘Miss Powell’ and taking the mickey out of my clothes and accent.’
- ‘I wasn't really sure if I was taking the mickey out of her, or she was taking the mickey out of me!’
- ‘I accept that if you go back a few years there were individuals effectively taking the mickey of the ill-health process, and I agree that there should be more stringent measures applied now to ensure that genuine people go.’
- ‘If you haven't seen the show you may not know the attitude, so I should point out that the whole thing is taking the mickey out of the reporting methods of the major news channels, with a fair bit of commentary.’
- ‘It's a joke; you fool about; they take the mickey out of you and it's fun.’
- ‘So compulsive were his sketches, in which he mercilessly took the mickey out of his erstwhile colleagues, that at the age of 53 his public profile is higher than that of almost anyone in the shadow cabinet.’
- ‘My fiancée's mother works at police headquarters and she has been taking the mickey out of me.’
- ‘Watson says the band took the mickey out of people who took themselves too seriously.’
- ‘His capacity for taking the mickey out of defences was also legendary even though he could be diffident in front of goal in a way that Finney would have found unnatural.’
- ‘I do understand that it can be difficult dealing with male colleagues, especially if they are accustomed to mucking about and taking the mickey out of each other.’
- ‘They liked irreverence, taking the mickey, politically incorrect humour, mockery, satire.’
- ‘A PUB landlord took the mickey out of his MP neighbour's opposition to wind farms by erecting a mini-turbine in his back yard.’
- ‘‘I remember the professionals laughing and taking the mickey,’ he recalls.’
- ‘You had to try and block your mind off from what they were talking about because they were laughing and joking and taking the mickey out of me.’
- ‘I've already had one busy weekend with them and they're taking the mickey out of me, which is a good sign.’
- ‘The others love taking the mickey out of my accent, but they are a cracking set of lads, and from day one made me feel very welcome.’
1950s: of unknown origin.
- ‘I bet some guy slipped me a mickey’short for mickey finn
- ‘I should have slipped you some cyanide not a mickey.’
- ‘Trust means never having to slip a mickey to your mate.’
- ‘That mickey I was slipped stole a month of my life, and I'm not happy.’
- ‘It had been so easy for Nick to slip a mickey into Jessie's drink.’
- ‘Doctors told her she was drugged but did not know what with, and Stasi has no idea who might have slipped her the mickey or why.’
- ‘Presumably, now that one can just buy them a damn beer instead of sneaking them a mickey, they should be able to get a record review that isn't prefaced with the critic's incredulity that such young'uns should be so focused.’
- ‘Greta here slipped me a mickey one night, and here I am.’
- ‘Somebody slips me a mickey in the pub and I become a demon who thinks he's talking totally normally to people, but in fact it is all a grotesque noise.’
- ‘The first five tracks sparkle with second-hand guitar lines from all three EPs, but with the welcome break of ‘A Cathedral at Night,’ My Favorite slips you a micky on the sly.’
- ‘Do this for a couple of nights, and you may think someone slipped you a Viagra micky.’
- ‘I couldn't believe it this morning when I read it in the paper and all the radio stations, I thought I must have dreamt this, and who's dropped a mickey in my drink last night?’
- ‘And when I saw this hottie bit of hand leaning on the bar I slipped myself a mickey, and the next thing I know I was taking myself back to my place.’
- ‘In greedy desperation, Oberon plans to distract Titania by having his impish henchman Puck (the hirsute Stanley Tucci) slip her a mickey, causing her to fall in love with something repulsive.’
- ‘As a direct result, a jaded criminal leaps from the back seat and slips a mickey into their beer while distracting them with a riveting game of chance.’
1930s: of unknown origin.
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