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[ mins-meet ]
/ ˈmɪnsˌmit /


a mixture composed of minced apples, suet, and sometimes meat, together with raisins, currants, candied citron, etc., for filling a pie.
anything cut up very small, especially meat.

Nearby words

minatory, minaudière, mince, mince matters, mince pie, mincemeat, mincer, minch, mincha, minchah, mincing


    make mincemeat of, to destroy utterly: He made mincemeat of his opponent's charges.

Origin of mincemeat

First recorded in 1655–65; mince + meat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mincemeat


/ (ˈmɪnsˌmiːt) /


a mixture of dried fruit, spices, etc, used esp for filling pies
minced meat
make mincemeat of informal to defeat completely
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Word Origin and History for mincemeat



1660s, originally in the figurative sense of what someone plans to make of his enemy, an alteration of earlier minced meat (1570s); from mince (v.) + meat (n.). Mince-pie is attested from c.1600; as rhyming slang for "eye" it is attested from 1857.

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Idioms and Phrases with mincemeat


see make mincemeat of.

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