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high jinks

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[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.
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Origin of high jinks

First recorded in 1760–70; see origin at jink

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horseplay, skylarking.
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British Dictionary definitions for hijinks

high jinks

hijinks

noun
  1. lively enjoyment
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Word Origin and History for hijinks

n.

also hi-jinks, high jinks, "boisterous capers, lively or boisterous sport," 1842, from name of games played at drinking parties (1690s). Cf. jink.

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Idioms and Phrases with hijinks

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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