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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
Still, many companies have already decided that the endless whiskey-filled well of the open bar, that mainstay of the corporate shindig, has finally dried up.
Harvard Billed as the state's longest-running hometown festival, the shindig started out in 1942 as a glorified picnic, where revelers paid tribute to the area's dairy farmers and chugged 500 gallons of milk.
But the shindig wasn't just fun and food; Santa's Elves founders Diane and John B. Connally III, Courtney and Jason Fertitta, Patsy and Greg Fourticq, and Gregory Fourticq Jr. raised more than $100,000 for pediatric cancer research.
And in the special, Samantha reportedly questions whether she’ll even get invited to the royal shindig.
The shindig is set to take place May 30 at the ancient site of Alyscamps, which is said to have inspired artists including Van Gogh and Picasso.
And Taylor’s shindig hasn’t even been going on for that long.
The whole 100-day celebration culminates with a shindig on December 16 at Texas Motor Speedway.
In September Mr Baker will give the keynote address at a big geologists’ shindig in London and, a month later, another to the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.
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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
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