Mickey Finn


Mick·​ey Finn ˌmi-kē-ˈfin How to pronounce Mickey Finn (audio)
: a drink of liquor doctored with a purgative or a drug

Examples of Mickey Finn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roll out the barrel Celebrate Oktoberfest from 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 22-23 at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville. Annie Alleman, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2023 Local brewery/restaurant Mickey Finn’s will be on-site selling Bloody Marys and craft beer, and Pizzeria DeVille will offer breakfast pizza and then regular pizza and sandwiches for lunch. Kathy Cichon, chicagotribune.com, 31 Aug. 2021

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Word History


probably from Mickey (Michael) Finn flourished 1903 American saloon keeper who allegedly drugged his customers

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mickey Finn was in 1918

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“Mickey Finn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mickey%20Finn. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

Mickey Finn

: a drink of liquor doctored with a purgative or a drug
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