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Examples of shindig in a Sentence
we're hosting a little shindig this weekend for some friends
Recent Examples of shindig from the Web
The VMAs tend to be looser and edgier than most awards shindigs, airing live on — where else?
And Oregon is arguably hosting one of the biggest shindigs in the country on Aug. 21 when up to 1 million visitors flock to a 60-mile band of the state poised to witness a total solar eclipse.
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Chris Pratt, who portrayed Plaza’s on-screen husband in Parks, hung out with Amy Poehler and Retta at ArcLight Cinemas, treatin’ themselves at the SVEDKA Vodka and Avenue Los Angeles shindig.
And Taylor’s shindig hasn’t even been going on for that long.
No one at this shindig ripped unwashed sheets off a bed and sauntered off to the White House.
But last Wednesday, there was a 1970s-themed shindig at a new lounge on Chrystie Street called Et Al.
Often, they are caught between celebrating their own mother, their mother-in-law and some big shindig that their husband might have planned.
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Did You Know?
At a glance, shindig appears to combine shin and dig, and thus might seem to suggest a painful kick to the leg-especially when you know that one of the first senses of shindig in English refers to a gathering at which people dance. It is more likely, however, that shindig is an alteration of shindy, which is itself the alteration of another word, shinny, used of a variation of hockey played with a curved stick and a ball or block of wood. It's not entirely clear how the game of shinny gave shindy its first meaning (the "social gathering with dancing" meaning that is also the original meaning of shindig), but shinny remains the most likely origin.
Origin and Etymology of shindig
First Known Use: 1842See Words from the same year
Synonymsaffair, bash, binge, blast, blowout, do, event, fete (or fête), function, get-together, powwow, reception, party
Related Wordsbenefit, fund-raiser; ball, dance, formal, prom; celebration, gala, occasion; bacchanal, bacchanalia, orgy, saturnalia; bake, clambake, cocktail party, hen party, house party, housewarming, icebreaker, kaffeeklatsch, kegger (also keg party), klatch (also klatsch), masquerade, meet and greet, mixer, salon, shower, social, soiree (or soirée), stag, supper, symposium, tea, tea party
SHINDIG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shindig for English Language Learners
: a big party
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