[Ads-l] Drop the mike

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 12 01:56:21 UTC 2016

Before it became a thing, a rapper jn a rap battle, upon finishing his rap,
would _literally_ drop the mike, writing "Finis," as it were, to the


On Sat, Jun 11, 2016 at 4:05 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> Or, pedantically and usually, "mic."
> I've been hearing this a lot on TV lately (like within the past month).
> UD has one ex., from 20
> "A phrase describing the action performed after getting the better of
> someone.
> "Calling someone out so hard that you just walk away indisputably
> victorious (See 8 Mile)
> "'After serving someone, I just drop the mic, and walk away'"
> Here's one in imperative form that may not really fit. It seems to
> indicate being stunned:
> "My 14-year-old, apolitical daughter came home from school about a
> month ago and announced at the dinner table to me, my husband, and her
> 15-year-old brother: '[Insert name of female classmate] said that
> Hillary Clinton is a liar.' Drop the mic. We all looked at each
> other."
> Cf. "Obama just dropped the mic on the White House Correspondents' Dinner."
> Not 100% sure what this means.
> JL
> --
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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