high jinks or hi·jinks [ hahy-jingks] Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com 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
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British Dictionary definitions for high jinks
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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.
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