Definition of Mickey Mouse in US English:

Mickey Mouse

proper noun

  • 1A Walt Disney cartoon character, who first appeared as Mortimer Mouse in 1927, becoming Mickey in 1928. During the 1930s he became established as the central Disney character.

    1. 1.1also mickey mouseinformal as modifier Trivial or of inferior quality.
      • ‘Forget the marathon when a legal case of Bleak House longevity breaks out over who came third in the underwater shot put of some Mickey Mouse event the rest of us couldn't work up a sweat about.’
      • ‘And the birth of a tournament many male scribes described as a Mickey Mouse event.’
      • ‘He refused, and under pressure announced a Mickey Mouse substitute which gives NT police the discretion whether or not to charge a minor for a first offence.’
      • ‘This is not some Mickey Mouse project, it is a legitimate company with people working on it full time.’
      • ‘They are treating Leeds as if it is some Mickey Mouse branch line to a couple of locals sitting on a milk churn.’
      • ‘None of these polls is a Mickey Mouse poll - all are done by reputable polling companies and all with decent samples - Nielsen has 1400 people, Morgan 1300 and Newspoll 1700.’
      • ‘I think why waste a trip to go over there and treat it like a Mickey Mouse game.’
      • ‘They saw nothing of Scottish football, so they thought I had disappeared to a Mickey Mouse league.’
      • ‘‘Let's not do it in a Mickey Mouse fashion which has been so much a part of fishery policies in this country in the past,’ he said.’
      • ‘And when you're working for a Mickey Mouse organization, it's a small budget, too.’
      • ‘If we finished at the bottom of the medals table we'd be seen as a Mickey Mouse nation.’
      • ‘I was studying for a Mickey Mouse degree: Theatre and Music.’
      • ‘They will think that a Mickey Mouse court fouled up, and if they'd been in a US court they'd have seen justice done.’
      • ‘When Hendrick was appointed to coach Ireland's cricket team in 1996, many wondered why a former England internationalist wanted to be involved with such a Mickey Mouse team.’
      • ‘I got into a lot of trouble a few years ago for calling the health board a Mickey Mouse organisation.’
      • ‘We do not want to make this funeral a Mickey Mouse affair so we felt the extra days will give us enough time to make proper arrangements.’
      • ‘You're the most local, the clients live in West Kirby, and it's only a Mickey Mouse job so shouldn't tie you up for too long.’
      • ‘The Commissioner must understand that this is serious business and not any Mickey Mouse story.’
      • ‘It seems fair to say that Leeds-Bradford remains a Mickey Mouse airport compared to the newer Liverpool Airport.’
      • ‘That is because community work under this Government is being run on a Mickey Mouse basis, where there is no accountability or responsibility whatsoever.’
      inferior, second-rate, third-rate, gimcrack
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Mickey Mouse

/ˌmikē ˈmous//ˌmɪki ˈmaʊs/