boisterous celebration or merrymaking; unrestrained fun: The city is full of conventioneers indulging in their usual high jinks.
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How to use high jinks in a sentence
More drunken high jinks ensue, and Hastings grabs more fodder for his story.Juiciest Bits From Michael Hastings Book on Stanley McChrystal, Afghanistan | Laura Colarusso | January 5, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Let's have a real old high jinks of a slambang bust to celebrate my convalescence.The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
Nor were high jinks and special naval matters by any means Marryat's only province.The English Novel | George Saintsbury
Those were my high-jinks days when very many things seemed possible.Carry On | Coningsby Dawson
I thought you were having high jinks down in Maine on the yacht, and playing cards every night with your cronies!Uncle Terry | Charles Clark Munn
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
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Other 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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