- 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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Examples from the Web for hijinks
An oblique view of baseball full of hijinks, havoc, and humor, this is fandom to the extreme.Home Runs, Frozen Ropes, And Some Wild Cards In Best Baseball Books
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May 5, 2013
Eva and Franco Mattes have long been making high art of hijinks.Stolen Art Goes Public
June 11, 2010
Even Harvey Weinstein, normally a bête noir this time of year, has kept his hijinks to a relative minimum.Hurt Locker Blows Up
March 1, 2010
- lively enjoyment
Word Origin and History for hijinks
also hi-jinks, high jinks, "boisterous capers, lively or boisterous sport," 1842, from name of games played at drinking parties (1690s). Cf. jink.
Idioms and Phrases with hijinks
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.