The act of stealing, appropriating, or simply picking up an unattended drink, with the intention of aquiring it as your own.
I couldn't afford a drink so I scouted out the club and went minesweeping - I came back with two pints and a glass of something purple, with an octopus in it! Drank it anyway.
by Michaeltreman June 21, 2006
commonly used by poor male students across the u.k. who have little or no care about the possibility of contracting oral herpes, this is the act of loitering around an unattended drink, casually picking it up and making off with it as if it were your own.
guy 1 (with a pint of stella): mate, what the fuck you doing with that low cal blueberry flavoured bacardi breezer?
guy 2: been minesweeping. beggars can't be choosers.
by fooyung October 17, 2009
A fairly despicable habit originating in student bars in the UK. After the bar is shut, but while people are still in the venue, the more desperate alcoholic will go round collecting any half-full abandoned drinks he can find, and neck them without anybody noticing. The more drunk you get, the more likely it will be that you drink out of a glass that someone's used as an ashtray. Another possibly hazard is rohypnol.
Tom: Hey buddy where d'you get those drinks from -the bar shut half an hour ago?
Dick: Oh I just went minesweeping round those tables at the back.
by housecat December 20, 2004
A reverse of the " Wing Man" theory whereby, one friend goes for the hot chick to distract her, so the other friend can work his charm on the not so hot but attainable girl of the pair.
My friend got ass got last night due to my minesweeping.
by postmyk May 10, 2004
A game that comes in your computer that is easy to play. Most people don't know how to play minesweeper. There's beginner, intermediate, advanced, and custom. First, you click on a square. Then any square you point to will have 8 surrounding squares either with unclicked areas or numbers or spaces with no number which represents zero mines. Avoid clicking the mines. A mine will have 8 squares with the number 1 on it representing 1 mine. You can add a flag to squares you know are mines or a question mark to squares you think is a mine. A square with a number 2 means there are 2 mines somewhere in the 8 surrounding squares. A number 3 means there are 3 mines somewhere in the 8 surrounding squares. A number 4 means that there are 4 mines in the 8 surrounding squares. number 5 means that there are 5 mines somewhere in the 8 surrounding squares. You can find a square with a number 1 that has only 1 unclicked square. Flag that square because that's where a mine is. If you find a number 2 with 3 unclicked squares, you might add a question mark on all 3 squares. If there's another square with a number 2 with only 2 unclicked squares, flag both squares because that's where the mines are. Then if there's a square with a number 1 and there's a few unclicked squares but one of the squares has a flag in it, click the unclicked square. Focus. Good luck on your minesweeping! You also are being timed, so be kind of quick, but focused. Custom is fun. You can add extra mines and extra space.
I finished advanced minesweeper in 149 seconds. Yes!
by HawaiianPunch1 November 29, 2021
To "minesweep" is to wander through a location where people are drinking, such as a bar or a party, and drink the partially-finished beverages that people abandoned.
I'm low on money this week, but I still want to get drunk, so lets go minesweep that crowded college bar.
by XiP November 11, 2005
The act of going into a club and quickly realizing you don't have the money to pay for your next drink. So instead you resort to covertly stealing other peoples drinks that have been left unattended whilst praying not to hit a mine (taking a swig of an undesirable drink).

May be performed as a team one person acting as a buffer or shield for the drink whilst another distracts the target leaving the third person available for the drink steal.
Dude I have a lack of funds...want to go minesweeping.
by Jrean123 August 2, 2010