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high jinks

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
1760-70; see jink
horseplay, skylarking. Unabridged
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  • He's not mischievous, nor is he believably priapic, as the high jinks of the first act require him to be.
  • Sound may have recorded the known world, but silent high jinks took it into the unknown.
  • Most of this got spun by family retainers into the playful high jinks of a raucous clan.
  • Transatlantic high jinks follow when the couple's mothers and a despotic wedding.
British Dictionary definitions for high jinks

high jinks

lively enjoyment
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Idioms and Phrases with high jinks

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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