horse·play | \ˈhȯrs-ˌplā \

Definition of horseplay 

: rough or boisterous play

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Examples of horseplay in a Sentence

The lamp got broken when the kids were engaging in a little horseplay. when he saw us spraying each other with the hose instead of washing the car, Dad yelled, “Cut out the horseplay!”

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Spanier, who did not take the stand in his own defense, has said Sandusky's attack on the boy, whose identity remains in dispute, was characterized to him as horseplay. NBC News, "Ex-Penn State president Spanier, convicted over Sandusky complaint, loses appeal," 26 June 2018 Logan Melgar were wrestling at 4 a.m. when a fellow SEAL Adamcranston Matthew came in and joined in the horseplay. NBC News, "Military investigating if two Marines played role in Green Beret's death," 10 May 2018 Amid the horseplay in this deranged horse opera, there’s also a poignant moment — part tribute, part torch-passing — in Act 2, when a large photo appears onstage of Larry Coen. Don Aucoin,, "It’s a wild, wild West in Landry’s ‘Brokelahomo!’," 2 May 2018 There are no details in the suit on what the boys were actually doing as part of that horseplay, but Simmons provided some clarification to the Statesman on Friday. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Ridgevue football player accused of sexual harassment in 'horseplay' incident sues school district," 27 Apr. 2018 Nelson Candelario, his defense team highlighted witnesses who said the death was caused by horseplay, not intentional murder. Carl Prine,, "Stabbing suspect faces murder charges at Camp Pendleton; defense says it was horseplay gone wrong," 26 Apr. 2018 There’s no horseplay, no banter, no jokes, As there was in the brighter part of the day. Hartford Courant,, "A Celtic Medley: Poems By James Mele," 11 Mar. 2018 There was also Spygate and Deflategate, which were, depending on which team you root for, either the most egregious examples of wanton disregard for the rules in NFL history, or just a little bit of football horseplay. Conor Orr,, "A Comprehensive Guide to Tom Brady's Hand Injury," 20 Jan. 2018 Choke holds are fairly common in mixed martial arts, which are becoming more popular, not to mention friendly horseplay., "Medical Mystery: A little horseplay, a major pain," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of horseplay

1589, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of horseplay was in 1589

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English Language Learners Definition of horseplay

: rough or loud play : energetic and noisy playful activity


horse·play | \ˈhȯrs-ˌplā \

Kids Definition of horseplay

: rough play

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a state of commotion or excitement

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