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

  • n. A mixture, as of finely chopped apples, raisins, spices, meat, and rum or brandy, used especially as a pie filling.
  • n. Finely chopped meat.
  • idiom make mincemeat of Slang To destroy utterly: made mincemeat of the opponent's argument.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mixture of fruit, spices and sugar used as a filling for mince pies.
  • n. Minced meat.


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  • SonofGroucho, I can confirm that mincemeat pies are eaten only during Christmas time.

    October 14, 2007

  • I like that phrase too, yarb. However, I do not like the actual substance very much at all. Yuck.

    October 14, 2007

  • I enjoy it when one party makes mincemeat out of another one, or threatens to.

    October 14, 2007

  • In the UK, as far as I know, we only eat mincemeat pies around Christmas.

    October 14, 2007

  • Mincemeat is actually not made of meat.

    June 3, 2007