On the mountain, as on the planet, the god of mischief will continue to rule.
I love the mischief and the scope of what this monkey can do.
It was glee and it was pleasure and it was mischief and it was victory.
Most of the time, the mischief is buried deep in the spreadsheets.
In most cases, an unfunded liability is an even bigger invitation to mischief than a funded one.
Her cousin did not see the gleam of mischief which came into Peggy's eyes as she said this.
She was smiling now, and he caught a gleam of mischief in her eyes.
She knew her cousin, and something assured her that his hand was in this mischief.
And yet is talk a less evil than the mischief of mere experimenters.
They thought the heir had been overtook by a fit of passion, and might have done the mischief in it.
c.1300, "evil condition, misfortune, need, want," from Old French meschief "misfortune, harm, trouble; annoyance, vexation" (12c., Modern French méchef), verbal noun from meschever "come or bring to grief, be unfortunate" (opposite of achieve), from mes- "badly" (see mis- (2)) + chever "happen, come to a head," from Vulgar Latin *capare "head," from Latin caput "head" (see capitulum). Meaning "harm or evil considered as the work of some agent or due to some cause" is from late 15c. Sense of "playful malice" first recorded 1784.
Mischief Night in 19c. England was the eve of May Day and of Nov. 5, both major holidays, and perhaps the original point was pilfering for the next day's celebration and bonfire; but in Yorkshire, Scotland, and Ireland the night was Halloween. The useful Middle English verb mischieve (early 14c.) has, for some reason, fallen from currency.