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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And the unbearable cuteness and sexiness of Cardi, a raunchy L.O.L. doll, quickly erases those moments, drowning them in adorable high jinks. Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Opens Up About Her "Rags to Riches" Cinderella Story," 7 Feb. 2019 Hawk spent thousands to produce Saturdays, a 45-minute movie released in 2017 that highlights not only the skaters’ abilities but also their on-the-road high jinks and old-school camaraderie. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "How Does an Action Sports Superstar Age? Tony Hawk Is Figuring It Out on the Fly," 2 July 2018 But as the Royals argued, such high jinks are part of the essential character of attending a game in person today. Randy Maniloff, WSJ, "Flying Hot Dogs Make Bad Law," 26 June 2018 The stand is famous, or infamous, for its late night high jinks, where the staff intentionally makes fun of customers for the enjoyment of all. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Wiener's Circle may have to move, as landlord prepares to sell property," 26 June 2018 These were the guiding principles of Rogers’s homespun program, which eschewed the kinetic high jinks of so much of kids’ television (Rogers apparently hated superheroes). Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?," 14 June 2018 Hal goes through the motions of the deception his buddy Poins (Chris Rivera) has devised to play on Falstaff, who is forced into a hilly wooded area on the VA campus just beyond the stage when the high jinks go into overdrive. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater and a 'Henry IV' worthy of applause," 10 June 2018 Reading about Murray's real-life high jinks or watching them on screen is one thing. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "It's in the hole! Bill Murray wins over the crowd at Colonial once again | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 May 2018 Allegiances shift and high jinks ensue as our cursing, sword-swinging protagonist gets incarcerated, blown up, shot, stabbed, defiled and maimed in order to do the right thing. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Delightfully wacky 'Deadpool 2' raises the superhero bar from hit original," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of high jinks

1825, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of high jinks

: wild or playful behavior

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