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.
      ‘people think you're a Mickey Mouse outfit if you work from home’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And when you're working for a Mickey Mouse organization, it's a small budget, too.’
      • ‘That is because community work under this Government is being run on a Mickey Mouse basis, where there is no accountability or responsibility whatsoever.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are treating Leeds as if it is some Mickey Mouse branch line to a couple of locals sitting on a milk churn.’
      • ‘The Commissioner must understand that this is serious business and not any Mickey Mouse story.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They saw nothing of Scottish football, so they thought I had disappeared to a Mickey Mouse league.’
      • ‘I was studying for a Mickey Mouse degree: Theatre and Music.’
      • ‘It seems fair to say that Leeds-Bradford remains a Mickey Mouse airport compared to the newer Liverpool Airport.’
      • ‘I got into a lot of trouble a few years ago for calling the health board a Mickey Mouse organisation.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If we finished at the bottom of the medals table we'd be seen as a Mickey Mouse nation.’
      • ‘And the birth of a tournament many male scribes described as a Mickey Mouse event.’
      • ‘I think why waste a trip to go over there and treat it like a Mickey Mouse game.’
      • ‘This is not some Mickey Mouse project, it is a legitimate company with people working on it full time.’
      • ‘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.’
      inferior, second-rate, third-rate, gimcrack
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Mickey Mouse

/ˌmikē ˈmous//ˌmɪki ˈmaʊs/