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Examples of shenanigan in a Sentence
students engaging in youthful shenanigans on the last day of school
an act of vandalism that went way beyond the usual shenanigans at summer camp
Recent Examples of shenanigan from the Web
The 1934 musical, which follows romantic and other shenanigans aboard an ocean liner bound for England, opens April 13.
With elections due in Brazil and Mexico this year, and in India next year, expect more such shenanigans.
New year, new shenanigans in the little ol’ town of Riverdale.
The truth is, the claim of a fantastical, secret gay agenda is only about fear, control and huckster shenanigans.
Saturday’s event was a far cry from Harrington’s Friday shenanigans.
Fan accounts have posted photos of Justin allegedly arriving in Mexico on Sunday, just in time to join Selena and co for their New Years shenanigans.
Billboard put together a timeline of their past Late Late Show shenanigans.
Your recent publicity stunt engaging Vice President Mike Pence to make a cameo appearance in Indianapolis reeks of manipulative shenanigans.
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Did You Know?
The history of shenanigan is as tricky and mischievous as its meaning. Etymologists have some theories about its origins, but no one has been able to prove them. All we can say for certain is that the earliest known use of the word in print appeared in the April 25, 1855, issue of San Francisco's Town Talk. Although the "underhanded trick" sense of the word is oldest, the most common senses in use now are "tricky or questionable practices" (as in "political shenanigans") and "high-spirited behavior" (as in "youthful shenanigans").
Origin and Etymology of shenanigan
First Known Use: 1854See Words from the same year
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