jinks, prankish or frolicsome activities.
British Dialect, chink.

1690–1700; variant of dial. chink to gasp violently; compare Old English cincung boisterous laughter

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jink (dʒɪŋk)
1.  to move swiftly or jerkily or make a quick turn in order to dodge or elude
2.  a jinking movement
[C18: of Scottish origin, imitative of swift movement]

jinks (dʒɪŋks)
pl n
boisterous or mischievous play (esp in the phrase high jinks)
[C18: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

"to wheel or fling about in dancing" (v.), 1715, of unknown origin. High jinks (1700) originally was a drinking game; sense of "lively or boisterous sport" is from 1842.
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see high jinks.

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Example sentences
Quite a lot of us derive our patchy understanding of globalisation from such
  well-publicised high jinks.
Its defining characteristics were financial high jinks and low academic
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
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