Mickey Finn (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "Mickey Finn"?

A Mickey Finn is a term used for a sedative or a drug that is sneakily slipped into someone's drink. The real Mickey Finn was the owner of Chicago's Lone Star Saloon in the late 19th Century and the early 20th Century. Both establishments were popular with pickpockets and thieves, most of them trained by Mickey Finn. He was also alleged to have drugged and robbed his customers.
Mickey Finn (Origin)

Examples of Use:

  • Don't go to that bar. You might be slipped a Mickey Finn.
  • She gave me a Mickey Finn and stole my watch.
  • I woke up next to a random guy who was snoring. I think I was given a Mickey Finn.

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What are idioms? What is figurative language? A list of common grammar errors A list of easily confused words A list of sayings and proverbs

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