high jinks

or hi·jinks

[ hahy-jingks ]
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noun(used with a plural verb)Informal.
  1. 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

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How to use high jinks in a sentence

  • The high jinks were kept up to an advanced hour, and every one agreed that they had never spent a more delightful evening.'

    Jill the Reckless | P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

British Dictionary definitions for high jinks

high jinks


/ (ˈhaɪˌdʒɪŋks) /

  1. lively enjoyment

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Other 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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