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Examples of shenanigan in a Sentence
students engaging in youthful shenanigans on the last day of school
an act of vandalism that went way beyond the usual shenanigans at summer camp
Recent Examples of shenanigan from the Web
Jack Black plays Dewey, an out-of-control failed musician who, after being kicked out of his band for his foolish shenanigans, tricks his way into a substitute teaching job at a prestigious private school to make rent money.
To find out if dogs engage in similar shenanigans with humans, Heberlein and a team of researchers paired 27 dogs with two different partners, Stanley Coren explains in Psychology Today.
Though the film started shooting back in 2015, the first trailer was released today, with the crew taking their law enforcement shenanigans to Canada.
Backstage – and on the red carpet again – the ladies celebrated their win with adorable bestie shenanigans.
But the shenanigans of cabinet members are not the only apparent contradiction with the roots of Trumpism that the President is going to have to square in the coming weeks.
Don't miss any of the news, photos, and Tina-Amy shenanigans at the 2014 Golden Globes Awards.
Such shenanigans proved their undoing Tuesday night.
And don’t trick yourself into thinking that the tough stands taken by the governor and some members of the General Assembly will lead to any real change in a good ol' boy legislature that has celebrated such shenanigans for decades.
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Did You Know?
The history of shenanigan is as tricky and mischievous as its meaning. Etymologists have some theories about its origins, but no one has been able to prove them. All we can say for certain is that the earliest known use of the word in print appeared in the April 25, 1855, issue of San Francisco's Town Talk. Although the "underhanded trick" sense of the word is oldest, the most common senses in use now are "tricky or questionable practices" (as in "political shenanigans") and "high-spirited behavior" (as in "youthful shenanigans").
Origin and Etymology of shenanigan
First Known Use: 1854See Words from the same year
Synonymsdevilishness, devilment, devilry (or deviltry), diablerie, espièglerie, hob, impishness, knavery, mischievousness, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan (s), waggery, waggishness, wickedness
Related Wordsdiabolicalness, misbehavior, misconduct, naughtiness, troublemaking; buffoonery, friskiness, playfulness, sportiveness; chicanery, trickery; goings-on, hanky-panky, high jinks (also hijinks), monkey business, monkeying, monkeyshine (s), skylarking, tomfoolery; horseplay, roughhousing; antic, caper, dido, practical joke, trick; aggravation, annoyance, exasperation, irritation
Near Antonymsgravitas, gravity, seriousness, solemnity, solemnness
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