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horseplay

[hawrs-pley] /ˈhɔrsˌpleɪ/
noun
1.
rough or boisterous play or pranks.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; horse + play
Related forms
horseplayful, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for horse-play

horseplay

/ˈhɔːsˌpleɪ/
noun
1.
rough, boisterous, or rowdy play
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Word Origin and History for horse-play

horseplay

n.

"rough, excessive play," 1580s, from horse (n.) with its associations of "strong, coarse" + play (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for horse-play

horseplay

noun

Rough and boisterous playing; coarse physical merriment (1589+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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