Green’s Dictionary of Slang

take the mickey (out of) v.

also take a mike (out of), ...the mick (out of), …the Mickey Bliss, ...the micky, ...the mic-mac, ...the mike (out of)
[the assumed ety. is rhy. sl.: take the mickey bliss = take the piss (out of) under piss, the phr.; however, note that citations for the non-rhyming take a/the mike exist from 1920s, while those for take the mickey begin only in mid-1950s]

to tease; thus mickey-take, mickey-taking, mickey-taker (cf. extract the Michael v.).

[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 121: But mate, you let the flight down, when he takes the mike out of you every time.
[UK]J. Curtis There Ain’t No Justice 11: Everyone round here takes the mike outa him just because he wears glasses and can’t talk without stammering, but my Ernie’s worth ten of your tu’penny ha’penny boxers.
[UK]V. Davis Gentlemen of the Broad Arrows 117: Do you know what happens to saucy lags who try to take a mike out of me?
[UK]G. Kersh They Die with Their Boots Clean 190: Are you trying to take the mike out of me? Or are you just potty?
[UK]J. Franklyn Cockney 285: If it so happens that the tormentors are taking a (or the) mike out of their victim, their intention is to wound or insult.
[UK]J. Curtis Look Long Upon a Monkey 36: He might be taking the mickey or he might be about to turn nasty.
[UK]G. Kersh Fowlers End (2001) 98: Don’t take the mickey out of ’er—leave ’er be, poor bitch.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 343: The blokes from the laundry [...] all got the mike taken out of them.
[UK]C. Lee diary 29 July in Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 152: I thought he was taking the mick, but he’s real enough.
[UK]I. & P. Opie Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 217: The Camberwell tough mutters ‘I don’t take the mic-mac. Put your dukes up. Hold that.’.
[UK]A. Burgess Doctor Is Sick (1972) 57: If I saw you in the street, and we both the way we are now, I’d think you was taking the mike out of me.
[UK]A. Wesker Chips with Everything I ii: Spend the next five minutes taking the mickey out of my accent, get it off your chest.
[UK]C. Wood ‘Prisoner and Escort’ Cockade (1965) I iii: They were taking the mick.
[UK]E. Bond Saved Scene ii: fred (taking the micky): You devil!
[UK]‘P.B. Yuill’ Hazell and the Three-card Trick (1977) 184: Took the mickey out of me somethin’ rotten they did.
[UK]‘Derek Raymond’ He Died with His Eyes Open 34: Everyone in here just stood off at a distance and went no further than take the mickey out of him.
[UK]Guardian 14 Oct. 5: I was just taking the mick out of the sometimes overpretentious aspect of English literature.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 23 July 2: It’s a little too late now to take the mickey out of the C of E.
[UK]Guardian G2 17 Feb. 3: All right, treacle, no need to take the Mickey Bliss.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Mag. 9 Apr. 62: There was a serious side to our natures but we took the mickey.
[UK]M. Coles More Bible in Cockney 94: Look here, you mickey-takers!
[UK]G. Malkani Londonstani (2007) 59: I carried on staring at it [i.e. a poster] even as Amit started takin the mick.