high jinks

plural noun
\ ˈhī-ˌjiŋks How to pronounce high jinks (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of high jinks

: boisterous or rambunctious carryings-on : carefree antics or horseplay

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Examples of high jinks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were no final speeches, no last-minute parliamentary high jinks of any kind. NBC News, "Transcript: The 7-Minute Vote," 17 Dec. 2019 State Snaps grew to accept submissions from beyond Iowa State as its tagline became shorthand for all manner of wild high jinks. Washington Post, "Instagrammer gets 14 years in prison for violent plot to hijack domain name," 10 Dec. 2019 The film balances high school high jinks with splashy special effects, and it is helped immeasurably by Tom Holland’s winning lead performance and by Jon Watts’ snappy direction. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, "‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ blends action and humor in satisfying ways," 28 Sep. 2019 Stars: Kelley Jakle, Jake Epstein Contains: Interfaith high jinks, Hanukkah! Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Everything you need to know about all 105 new Christmas TV movies," 22 Nov. 2019 But humorous high jinks lead to intense physical chemistry, and the two are quickly entangled. Karin Tanabe, Washington Post, "In ‘Get a Life, Chloe Brown,’ a woman transforms her Earl Grey life into something bolder," 15 Nov. 2019 Violent high jinks aside, the story offers little that's surprising or even particularly tense, and a few halfhearted attempts to add dramatic weight fall flat. Mark Lieberman, Anchorage Daily News, "Kristen Stewart is a lively shot in the arm for tired ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot," 13 Nov. 2019 The series — unlike a number of its reality-TV competitors — has consistently had a predominantly white cast since its first season in 2000, and racial tensions have previously cast a shadow over the high jinks and hookups inside the house. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: UCLA prof who mapped the costs of incarceration in L.A. wins a MacArthur," 26 Sep. 2019 Clay’s previous high jinks include destroying Trump’s star last July. Jaclyn Cosgrove, latimes.com, "Glendale man admits to stealing Marilyn Monroe statue," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of high jinks

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“High jinks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20jinks. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of high jinks

: wild or playful behavior

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