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high jinks

or hijinks

[hahy-jingks] /ˈhaɪˌdʒɪŋks/
noun, (used with a plural verb) Informal.
boisterous celebration or merrymaking; unrestrained fun:
The city is full of conventioneers indulging in their usual high jinks.
Origin of high jinks
First recorded in 1760-70; See origin at jink
horseplay, skylarking. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for high jinks
Historical Examples
  • They went to dances, hayrack rides, picnics and high jinks together.

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
  • Inside, doubtless, there were high jinks going on; but the password was denied to me.

    Dream Days Kenneth Grahame
  • "Looks as if there's goin' to be high jinks roun' hyar," observed Texas.

    On Guard

    Upton Sinclair
  • No one would know that they had been out, and what high jinks they must have!

    The Deemster

    Hall Caine
  • high jinks, I want the most enormous breakfast you've ever cooked.

    If Winter Comes A.S.M. Hutchinson
  • It was a festival of high jinks—a sway of riotous, unbridled merriment.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • His fellow-overseer was lording it over him—telling him, as it were, of the high jinks in Block 4.

    The Financier Theodore Dreiser
  • When they let him loose, it was a season of high jinks and rare skylarking.

    A Rough Shaking George MacDonald
  • But there is plenty of evidence that his "high jinks" were not exaggerated.

  • Nor were high jinks and special naval matters by any means Marryat's only province.

    The English Novel George Saintsbury
British Dictionary definitions for high jinks

high jinks

lively enjoyment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with high jinks

high jinks

Playful or rowdy activity, often involving mischievous pranks. For example, All sorts of high jinks go on at summer camp after “lights out.” About 1700 this term denoted a gambling game accompanied by much drinking, but by the mid-1800s it acquired its present meaning.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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