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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
Kate, in a $69.90 Zara dress (no doubt on its way to being sold out), looked on throughout, appearing quite relaxed and enjoying the shenanigans.
For 12 years after the shenanigans at Shinnecock Hills, the average winning score at the U.S. Open was 2.25-under par, and that included Rory McIlroy’s record 16-under at Congressional in 2011.
At least, according to Vanity Fair, which reported that there were some shenanigans to speak of at the rather rowdy wedding reception for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Some members of X-Force have already been highlighted in the film’s trailers, but those quick two-minute clips don’t reveal that the X-Force shenanigans make up some of the film's strongest moments.
Thompson directed the pleasantly nutty shenanigans.
The show was inspired by the shenanigans at once influential Atlanta top 40 station 790/WQXI-AM (Quixie in Dixie).
Add Raven's son Booker's newly discovered visions of the future to the mix and the shenanigans will never cease! 2.
Do any of these shenanigans actually impact the way voters vote?
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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").
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