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escapade

[es-kuh-peyd, es-kuh-peyd] /ˈɛs kəˌpeɪd, ˌɛs kəˈpeɪd/
noun
1.
a reckless adventure or wild prank.
2.
an escape from confinement or restraint.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < French < Spanish escapada, equivalent to escap(ar) to escape + -ada -ade1
Synonyms
caper, antic, caprice.
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  • Whatever else, the phrase came to signify some wild adventure or improbable escapade.
  • But my latest escapade overseas really took the prize.
  • And yet think of how much money has been spent on that escapade.
  • As the relationships progress, the robbery changes from a comedy of errors into a fatal escapade.
  • Even the shabby vaudeville escapade is given a veneer of lofty inspiration.
  • Then come the hilarious incidents concerned with the hull ring escapade.
  • But a year later another escapade brought him headlines and world fame.
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  • In one escapade they had broken into a psychiatrist's office searching for a patient's file.
  • Or, take the kids out for an educational escapade at a museum, or a day of fun at a theme park or zoo.
British Dictionary definitions for escapade

escapade

/ˈɛskəˌpeɪd; ˌɛskəˈpeɪd/
noun
1.
a wild or exciting adventure, esp one that is mischievous or unlawful; scrape
2.
any lighthearted or carefree episode; prank; romp
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old Italian scappata, from Vulgar Latin ex-cappāre (unattested) to escape
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Word Origin and History for escapade
n.

1650s, "an escape from confinement," from French escapade (16c.) "a prank or trick," from Spanish escapada "a prank, flight, an escape," noun use of fem. past participle of escapar "to escape," from Vulgar Latin *excappare (see escape). Or perhaps the French word is via Italian scappata, from scappare, from the same Vulgar Latin source. Figurative sense (1814) is of "breaking loose" from rules or restraints on behavior.

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