Performing an ostentatious but meaningless
act in an attempt to appear
more important or competent than one is. Also mickeymouse. May be used as a verb, noun or adjective.
1. There is an election coming up, so the usual band of mediocre politicians are sure to mickeymouse at the airport when our Olympic medallists are welcomed home.
2. He changed
all the street
names and repainted the bus shelters, but that
mickeymousing to distract people from his incompetence as mayor.
3. Our mickeymousing CEO is at it again, loudly blaming everyone
but himself for the disastrous decline of the company since he took over.