mischief; prankishness: Halloween shenanigans.
a mischievous or deceitful trick, practice, etc.
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How to use shenanigan in a sentence
In 2020, the holiday will fall on a Saturday that also happens to be a full moon and the last day of daylight savings time, promising an extra hour to sleep off those moonlit shenanigans.
Animals of all sorts use play to prepare for real-world situations—but their shenanigans can look pretty different from ours.
The DeFi trend is quietly gaining steam, much like the “initial coin offering” cryptocurrency boom of 2017, and the outsize returns of early adopters make financial shenanigans of various sorts all but inevitable.Is the SushiSwap saga a preview of a new wave of crypto chaos? | dzanemorris | September 9, 2020 | Fortune
Do you have a favorite Wu-Tang memory—any crazy shenanigans you got into?Method Man Talks Wu-Tang Clan Reunion, Fake Rappers, and the Suge Knight Shooting | Marlow Stern | September 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Great American Novel became more concerned with sexual shenanigans and suburban ennui, or rehashing World War II.
Underneath its comic-book action and time-travel shenanigans, X-Men: Days of Future Past questions the use of military robots.
But how do these trends, gimmicks, and shenanigans affect the story of Easter?Can’t Fill the House On Easter? Try Handing Out Gadgets | Matthew Paul Turner | April 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I imagine with James Caan around there were plenty of shenanigans on set.Robert Duvall on His Storied Career, His New Movie, and Why He’s Ditching the GOP | Marlow Stern | March 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Your shenanigans probably chipped a little off the price I had to pay, so I ought to be grateful to you.Murder in the Gunroom | Henry Beam Piper
Election shenanigans, like college pranks, are fair play as long as they don't cause an outright holocaust.Null-ABC | Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
And with such a sign to go by, there must've been shenanigans goin' on to make things go wrong!Attention Saint Patrick | William Fitzgerald Jenkins
We played luck too; we never had no shenanigans, a-stealin' a man's money.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves. | Work Projects Administration
I said he insulted me by suggesting that I'd permit such shenanigans.The Pirates of Ersatz | Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for shenanigan
(usually plural) roguishness; mischief
an act of treachery; deception
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