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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
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  • Those were my high-jinks days when very many things seemed possible.

    Carry On Coningsby Dawson
  • They stood together, then, at the rear of the house, to watch the high-jinks going on in front.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
British Dictionary definitions for high-jinks

high jinks

lively enjoyment
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Boisterous fun; uninhibited jollification; pranks and capers: the dashing hi-jinks of the Katzenjammer Kids/ The out-of-towner cuts the hijinks here

[1861+; fr the name of a dice game played for drinks, found from 1690]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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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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