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jink

[jingk] /dʒɪŋk/
noun
1.
jinks, prankish or frolicsome activities.
2.
British Dialect, chink.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; variant of dial. chink to gasp violently; compare Old English cincung boisterous laughter
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  • 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 performance.
  • 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.
  • When the high jinks give way to weariness and he slumps on the couch near her, she comforts him.
British Dictionary definitions for jinks

jinks

/dʒɪŋks/
plural noun
1.
boisterous or mischievous play (esp in the phrase high jinks)
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin

jink

/dʒɪŋk/
verb
1.
to move swiftly or jerkily or make a quick turn in order to dodge or elude
noun
2.
a jinking movement
Word Origin
C18: of Scottish origin, imitative of swift movement
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Word Origin and History for jinks

jink

v.

"to wheel or fling about in dancing," 1715, Scottish, of unknown origin. As a noun, 1786, "act of eluding," probably from the verb in the sense "elude" (1774). For high jinks, see hijinks.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jinks

jinks

Related Terms

hi-jinks


jink

verb

To takeevasive action; dodge; zig-zag: went jinking down the field, shot and missed/ She jinked sideways to avoid an oncoming truck

[1785+; fr northern English dialect jink, ''make a quick evasive turn,'' adopted into the idiom of rugby football; popularized by Vietnam War Air Force use]


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Idioms and Phrases with jinks

jinks

see: high jinks
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