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

Examples of high jinks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And some of that excitement might happen in Las Vegas, where Jenner’s daughter Kourtney Kardashian and her fiancé, Travis Barker, seem to have fooled a few people with their wedding-chapel high jinks. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Closer to home, Helfferich was involved in an endless stream of community building organizations and efforts, and more than a few high jinks, most famously co-founding the Great Tanana Raft Classic, which took place from 1968 to 1971. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Mar. 2022 While Tammy bought furs, her husband Jim got up to some financial high jinks — and worse. Sarah Jones, Vulture, 18 Sep. 2021 The glove belonged to Toby Spiselman, one of Johnson’s dearest friends, secretary of the Correspondance School and partner in innumerable high jinks. Lori Waxman, chicagotribune.com, 17 Feb. 2022 Over the course of 2020, Affleck and de Armas got matching necklaces and embarked on high jinks. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 14 Oct. 2021 The trailer premiered at this year’s New York Comic Con and featured all of the silliness and high jinks that Psych is known for. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 19 Nov. 2021 The show was filled with high jinks — the group grappled with pirates and outlaws in some episodes — and was unabashedly light and airy. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 The high jinks are predictable, and Hudgens gets many chances to play characters acting like other characters. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of high jinks

1825, in the meaning defined above

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25 Apr 2022

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“High jinks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20jinks. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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