shenanigan

[shuh-nan-i-guhn]
noun Informal.
1.
Usually, shenanigans.
a.
mischief; prankishness: Halloween shenanigans.
b.
deceit; trickery.
2.
a mischievous or deceitful trick, practice, etc.

Origin:
1850–55, Americanism; of obscure origin

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shenanigan (ʃɪˈnænɪɡən)
 
n
1.  (usually plural) roguishness; mischief
2.  an act of treachery; deception
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

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

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Example sentences
He discloses a number of these governmental shenanigans that will make your
  hair turn gray.
The public is starting to view the shenanigans of the alarmist scientists with
  a jaundiced eye.
Shortcuts through space, if only for information, make possible all kinds of
  counterintuitive shenanigans.
The recession is uncovering a lot of shenanigans, as recessions usually do.
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