High-jinks

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n High-jinks boisterous play or jollity: an old Scotch pastime in which persons played various parts under penalty of a forfeit
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. héah; Goth. hauhs, Ice. hár, Ger. hoch.

Usage

In literature:

There warn't no more high jinks.
"Life On The Mississippi, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Inside, doubtless, there were high jinks going on; but the password was denied to me.
"Dream Days" by Kenneth Grahame
With the collar of his long ulster pushed high and the brim of his derby hat pulled low, Jimmy Jinks crept cautiously into the room.
"Baby Mine" by Margaret Mayo
What were people saying about her high jinks?
"Nana, The Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille" by Emile Zola
Here was again "high jinks" in the camp.
"The Adventures of Captain Bonneville Digested From His Journal" by Washington Irving
Those were my high-jinks days when very many things seemed possible.
"Carry On" by Coningsby Dawson
High Jinks and Low Jinks, what?
"If Winter Comes" by A.S.M. Hutchinson
Nor were high jinks and special naval matters by any means Marryat's only province.
"The English Novel" by George Saintsbury
With the jollity and "high jinks" (to use a word of Watts's) going on about her, it is hardly possible that Peter's society shone by contrast.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
We are not going to have any high jinks, are we, Mary.
"The Little Colonel's Chum: Mary Ware" by Annie Fellows Johnston
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In poetry:

Then as you muse,
And gently snooze,
Between thinks
You remember those jinks
When spirits were high
On the Fourth of July.
"The Glorious Fourth And Its Memories" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Henry in Ireland to Bill underground:
Rest well, who worked so hard, who made a good sound
constantly, for so many years:
your high-jinks delighted the continents & our ears:
you had so many girls your life was a triumph
and you loved your one wife.
"Dream Song 324" by John Berryman

In news:

Bocce Cafe 478 Green (at Grant), 981-2044, www.boccecafe.com A few steps uphill from Grant and Green's festive high-jinks is the portal to the Bocce Cafe, where a long trellised passageway beckons you within.
Son of former NFL star is known for high jinks, intelligence.
Tales of romantic high jinks , some too good to be true.
Cheeky animated crew keeps high-seas high jinks afloat.
A few weeks ago, we heard from a security guard at the High Line that frequently, the much-hyped nude high jinks in the windows of the Standard Hotel were perpetrated by the same group of people, in the same windows, doing the same things.
Yo Ho Ho and a Barrel Of Hip, Salty High Jinks .
Tales of romantic high jinks, some too good to be true.
Yo Ho Ho and a Barrel Of Hip, Salty High Jinks.
On the High Seas, a Mix of Danger and Bumbling High Jinks.
"Kangaroo Jack" concerns a pair of hapless fellows from Brooklyn who set off for Australia with $50,000 of a Mafioso's money, which is promptly snatched by a marsupial , setting in motion all manner of tiresome high jinks.
Sporadic High-Tech High Jinks Don't Cast Outcome in Doubt.
"Kangaroo Jack" concerns a pair of hapless fellows from Brooklyn who set off for Australia with $50,000 of a Mafioso's money, which is promptly snatched by a marsupial, setting in motion all manner of tiresome high jinks.
Jacques Rivette's comic feminist extravaganza is as scary and unsettling in its narrative high jinks as it is exhilarating in its uninhibited slapstick (1974).
Cicero, no stranger to political high jinks, is fielding a full slate of candidates for February's town president election, and the jockeying has already grown contentious.
United Methodist's madrigal delivers Christmas message wrapped in humor, high jinks.
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