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shenanigan

[shuh-nan-i-guh n] /ʃəˈnæn ɪ gən/
noun, Informal.
1.
Usually, shenanigans.
  1. mischief; prankishness:
    Halloween shenanigans.
  2. deceit; trickery.
2.
a mischievous or deceitful trick, practice, etc.
Origin of shenanigan
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; of obscure origin
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shenanigan

/ʃɪˈnænɪɡən/
noun (informal)
1.
(usually pl) roguishness; mischief
2.
an act of treachery; deception
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for shenanigans
n.

see shenanigan.

shenanigan

n.

1855, of uncertain origin. Earliest records of it are in San Francisco and Sacramento, California, U.S. Suggestions include Spanish chanada, a shortened form of charranada "trick, deceit;" or, less likely, German Schenigelei, peddler's argot for "work, craft," or the related German slang verb schinäglen. Another guess centers on Irish sionnach "fox."

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Slang definitions & phrases for shenanigans

shemozzle

noun

A difficult and confused situation; an uproar; melee; mess, rhubarb: It became clear that the whole shlamozzle, introns and exons, are transcribed into RNA (1899+)

verb

To depart; powder, scram (1903+)

[ultimately probably fr Yiddish shlim mazel, ''rotten luck,'' hence ''a difficulty or misfortune,'' and related to shlemazel]

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