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Mickey Mouse

squeaky-voiced cartoon hero; the term is often used in alluding to things of minor significance or expense. [Am. Cinema: EB, VI: 862; Am. Pop. Culture: Misc.]
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He said: "The ship is called Donald Duckling, and it certainly is a shocking example of a Mickey Mouse operation that undermines operators who run to decent standards."
'The world has literally become a Mickey Mouse operation...the US reigns supreme as an exporter of music, film, television, sports, food and hundreds of consumer products.' -William Ecenbarger
Conditions aboard the cargo ship - called the Donald Duckling - were so bad it has been branded a 'Mickey Mouse operation'.
"This was no Mickey Mouse operation," said Judge Amjad Nawaz.
Talk about a Mickey Mouse operation. Disneyland too...
Anyone who can shift enough Disney merchandise to buy Wembley Stadium five times over can't be running a Mickey Mouse operation.
They said it was a Mickey Mouse operation and would never last.
Well of course they'd win, they were up against a Mickey Mouse operation.
"He went on: 'This is supposed to be a vascular unit, not a f***ing Mickey Mouse operation'.
A FURIOUS war of words broke out yesterday after Scotland Office Minister Brian Wilson branded Newsnight Scotland a "Mickey Mouse operation" live on air.
Understandably, since the item was an attack on Scottish MPs, Wilson was not happy and described Newsnight Scotland on-air as a "Mickey Mouse operation".