n. pl. mick·eysIdiom:
1. Informal A roasted potato.
2. Canadian Slang A small bottle of liquor, shaped to fit in a pocket.
3. also Mickey Slang A Mickey Finn.
take the mickey out of Chiefly British
To tease or mock (someone).
[Perhaps from MICK.]
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