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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Recent Examples on the Web Cleary, who died March 25 at age 104, worked with several illustrators — Louis Darling, Alan Tiegreen, Joanne Scribner, Tracy Dockray and Jacqueline Rogers — who captured Ramona’s high jinks in a variety of styles. Washington Post, "The many faces of Ramona Quimby," 31 Mar. 2021 Once each year, Jennifer Garner treats her real-life kids to a daylong grace period during which the parents let their youngsters call the shots, leading to all manner of family-friendly high jinks. Charles Bramesco, Vulture, "Checking In on Netflix’s Original Movies: March 2021 Edition," 23 Mar. 2021 Naturally this causes various ghostly high jinks, and troubles arise with the writer's high-strung current spouse (Fisher). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Hulu's 'Nomadland,' Netflix's 'I Care a Lot,' Disney+'s 'Flora & Ulysses'," 19 Feb. 2021 In that time, the lovable pooch has come to be known for two things: his playful high jinks and his enormous size. Asher Perlman, The New Yorker, "Clifford the Big Red Dog’s Latest Adventures," 17 Mar. 2021 That’s why spring high jinks are not only allowed but usually encouraged. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Can spring training still be fun — and filled with high jinks — for the Chicago Cubs and White Sox with COVID-19 protocols in place?," 19 Feb. 2021 Their ensuing high jinks also lead to innocent bystander Kayla (Moretz) losing her job, setting up the main human storyline. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Tom & Jerry’ doesn’t give the beloved cat and mouse enough time to shine," 26 Feb. 2021 The first two-thirds of My Best Friend’s Wedding represent the platonic ideal of a rom-com, overflowing with low-stakes high jinks, quirky charm, and incredible Julia Roberts hair, but the ending is a genuine rejiggering of the formula. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 22 Feb. 2021 Are fun funeral-home high jinks really the right tone? Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "Is Now the Worst Time for Buried by the Bernards? Or Is It the Best Time?," 12 Feb. 2021

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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 18 Apr. 2021.

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: wild or playful behavior

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