- drop the mic, Informal.
- to intentionally drop one’s microphone at the end of a speech or performance, displaying a bold confidence that it has been very impressive or cannot be topped.
- to say or do something with such a bold confidence: He clearly dropped the mic on his critics, effectively cutting off further discussion.
Origin of mic
First recorded in 1960–65; by shortening
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At this point, the female rapper comes across as fairly sympathetic—that is, until Azealia Banks grabs the mic.Solange Smacks Jay Z, Legolas Slaps Bieber, and the Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year
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Next door was often not another guest but a KGB agent with an ear to the mic.The KGB Welcomes You to Estonia’s Hotel Viru. Please Mind the Hidden Bugs
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He even set the mic down before his time was up, he only finished after being coaxed back onto the stage by Sway.America’s Poets: Battle Rap Gets Real
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At which Barry put down the mic and basked in a round of applause.Marion Barry: ‘I Did It My Way’
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Spores globose, minutely warted, dark violaceous, 10–12 mic.
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Spores globose, minutely warted, dark violaceous, 11–14 mic.
- informal short for microphone
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Word Origin and History for mic
shortened form of microphone, first attested 1961.
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