Definition of Mickey Finn in US English:

Mickey Finn


  • 1A surreptitiously drugged or doctored drink given to someone so as to make them drunk or insensible.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In many cases, the girl has intentionally been fed a Mickey Finn and is physically powerless to prevent a gang-rape from unfolding.’
    • ‘But once again, it would appear that they are serving us the policy equivalent of a Mickey Finn.’
    • ‘The latter mixed with an alcoholic drink is known as a Mickey Finn, used, in detective literature at least, to knock out the ‘goodies’.’
    1. 1.1 A 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 saloon keeper ( c 1896–1906).


Mickey Finn

/ˌmikē ˈfin//ˌmɪki ˈfɪn/