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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
This is the biggest fraud of a résumé since George O’Leary tried to pull some shenanigans when he was hired, then fired, by Notre Dame.
Upstairs, in tiny, wood-paneled The Wellington Pub, chill millennials threw darts and nursed craft beers, happily oblivious to the subterranean shenanigans.
One of those making a case for the area's proclivity towards shamrocks and shenanigans is Paddy Homan, a genuine Irishman who hails from Cork City, Ireland, and has called Chicago home for many years.
The last two contested sheriff elections featured the campaign shenanigans of Roger Stone, the notorious Republican political operative.
The spin-off series of That's So Raven is back for more psychic shenanigans and heartwarming lessons.
But a closer look reveals it is not practical -- if the goals are to design districts that make geographic sense and establish rules to limit possible shenanigans by politicians out to help their party or political friends.
In a vacuum, athletic achievement can be inspiring, but too often — and much too often at the Olympics — it is overwhelmed by widespread cheating, by international posturing, by political shenanigans.
Huffman designed some new rules for the May ballot proposal to eliminate some the shenanigans done previously.
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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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