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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
But others said those shenanigans were the exception, not the rule.
Which is to say, the speaker has acknowledged that the accounting shenanigans used to get this bill passed in the teeth of statutory spending constraints are basically bullsh**. But there’s a lot of bullsh** going around Washington just now.
Among the shenanigans: Securing new patents that extend old ones.
Was Brazile, a high-ranking member of the DNC before becoming its interim chair, really so innocent of all these shenanigans?
When the industry’s shenanigans first came to light in 2008, they were greeted by indignant denials from banks, regulators and, most of all, the BBA.
Strawberry, an eight-time All-Star and four-time World Series champion, was asked about his mid-game shenanigans on The Dr. Oz Show.
On Tuesday night, ITV broadcasted the London Palladium event, during which Hart took advantage of her royal audience by getting Prince William to engage in some not-so-royal shenanigans.
Federal lawmakers have taken notice of drugmakers’ shenanigans, but legislation has consistently taken a back seat to other issues in Congress.
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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
Synonymsdevilishness, devilment, devilry (or deviltry), diablerie, espièglerie, hob, impishness, knavery, mischievousness, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan (s), waggery, waggishness, wickedness
Related Wordsdiabolicalness, misbehavior, misconduct, naughtiness, troublemaking; buffoonery, friskiness, playfulness, sportiveness; chicanery, trickery; goings-on, hanky-panky, high jinks (also hijinks), monkey business, monkeying, monkeyshine (s), skylarking, tomfoolery; horseplay, roughhousing; antic, caper, dido, practical joke, trick; aggravation, annoyance, exasperation, irritation
Near Antonymsgravitas, gravity, seriousness, solemnity, solemnness
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