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Subject: Re: off-topic: "taking the mick"
Author: Domhnall   (guest)
Date: April 7, 2004 at 11:23:09 PM
Reply to: Re: Lucifer vs. Satan by Devonelisa
I was thrown by that little phrase, but thanks. Now I've learned something to toss into a conversation with my Scouser brother-in-law:

"take the mick/mickey/michael -- vb. British -- to mock, deride, poke fun at. These expressions are milder versions of 'take the piss.' Unbeknownst to most users, they employ rhyming slang: Mickey is short for a mythical 'Mickey Bliss,' providing the rhyme for 'piss.' 'Michael' is a humorous variant.

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