EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS noun 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. Idioms make mincemeat of, to destroy utterly: He made mincemeat of his opponent's charges. Origin of mincemeat
First recorded in
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for mincemeat Historical Examples of mincemeat
Wet the edges of the pastry, and put some
mincemeat into the middle of each round.
It was slaughtered, roasted, made into
mincemeat and devoured.
As for the girl who had jilted him, I thought I could have made her into
Also, there was a great deal of
mincemeat, and it did not compare with Katy's.
Come, I see that your excellency wishes me to be cut into
mincemeat! British Dictionary definitions for mincemeat noun a mixture of dried fruit, spices, etc, used esp for filling pies minced meat make mincemeat of informal to defeat completely
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for mincemeat n.
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with mincemeat
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.