Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang An alcoholic beverage that is surreptitiously altered to induce diarrhea or stupefy, render unconscious, or otherwise incapacitate the person who drinks it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an alcoholic drink doctored with a drug intended to quickly render the drinker unconscious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. slang term for knockout drops

Etymologies

Probably after a notorious Chicago bar shut down in 1903, allegedly because its customers were served spiked drinks and then robbed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably named for the manager and bartender of a Chicago establishment, the Lone Star Saloon and Palm Garden Restaurant, which operated from 1896 to 1903, who was accused of using "knockout drops" to incapacitate and rob some of his customers. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mays had venereal disease, epilepsy, a heart attack, depression, a mental breakdown, or he drank a Mickey Finn.

    WILLIE MAYS

  • Louis mistakenly drinks the Mickey Finn intended for Alec, falls asleep, and dreams he is King Louis XV of France, and that May is Madame du Barry, and that Alec is a dashing rebel called the Black Arrow.

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  • But can we watch out for the same specious Mickey Finn being sprinkled into the drink?

    Two Points About Gitmo « Whatever

  • If a Mickey Finn should suddenly appear before thee, do not think he is healthy for thee!

    Fire Chief "Resigns" And Becomes Cartoon Du Jour

  • Tis a "Lower The Boom" drink is the Mickey Finn, not a pirate... mayhap thou didst gulp it down the evening last before thou didst crawled to thine bunk?

    Fire Chief "Resigns" And Becomes Cartoon Du Jour

  • If Hannah was right and there were trout there, they would see a Mickey Finn and a red-and-white bucktail before they saw Potter and Will.

    Stillwater

  • McCoy had doubtless not only slipped him a Mickey Finn, but had arranged for his replacement on the bridge as well.

    Ishmael

  • Nae Mickey Finn, nae rotgut gin, nae bathtub wine that tastes like Vim

    Bottle o' the Best

  • Tell him it's your birthday, give him two or three girls and a bottle of vodka and slip in a Mickey Finn. '

    Quiller Meridian

  • I think missing finger got indigestion, puked up part of his Mickey Finn and fought to live — that that was when he lost his digit — fighting with the knife man.

    The Big Nowhere

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