practical joke

a playful trick, often involving some physical agent or means, in which the victim is placed in an embarrassing or disadvantageous position.


practical joker, noun Unabridged
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practical joke
a prank or trick usually intended to make the victim appear foolish
practical joker

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Example sentences
It leaves you feeling as if you've helplessly watched somebody play a cruel and witless practical joke.
Some of the products have a warning on the packaging that they are not a real pacifier, but a practical joke.
Thinking it was a practical joke, she almost hung up.
He stated that the picture had no purpose beyond being a practical joke and that it was not meant to suggest anything.
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