One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘But once again, it would appear that they are serving us the policy equivalent of a Mickey Finn.’
- ‘In many cases, the girl has intentionally been fed a Mickey Finn and is physically powerless to prevent a gang-rape from unfolding.’
- ‘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 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).
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