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

  • adj. Unimportant; trivial: "It's a Mickey Mouse operation compared to what goes on in Lyons or Paris” ( Jack Higgins).
  • adj. Irritatingly petty: the school's Mickey Mouse requirements for graduation.
  • adj. Slang Intellectually unchallenging; simple: His Mickey Mouse assignments soon bored the students.
  • adj. Slang Melodramatic or sentimental. Used especially of popular music.


After the cartoon character Mickey Mouse, created by Walt Disney.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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