high jinks or hi·jinks [ hahy-jingks] Synonyms Examples Word Origin 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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Related Words for high-jinks horseplay
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Those were my
high-jinks days when very many things seemed possible.
They stood together, then, at the rear of the house, to watch the
high-jinks going on in front. British Dictionary definitions for high-jinks
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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