Definition of high jinks in English:

high jinks

plural noun

  • Boisterous fun.

    ‘high jinks behind the wheel of a car’
    • ‘It would have taken far more than a few drunken high jinks to spoil our evening.’
    • ‘The thrilling high jinks of last weekend had the crowd anticipating similarly spectacular bursts of action.’
    • ‘Of course, teachers responded to his pranks and high jinks with wrath and hours of detention.’
    • ‘Dynamic duo Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson return for some more high jinks in this entertaining if fairly predictable action comedy sequel.’
    • ‘Bollywood's over-the-top high jinks have fascinated audiences from the Far East to the Middle East to Russia, and now even the West is coming under its spell.’
    • ‘These are not acts of youthful high jinks and the explosives are not the ‘penny bangers’ of my youth.’
    • ‘Al Pacino and Colin Farrell team up for some high jinks as a spy master and student in this intriguing thriller about the secret intelligence service.’
    • ‘When I heard they had nominated me I thought it was just a bit of high jinks.’
    • ‘He was out socialising with friends in Baltinglass on Sunday night during the bank holiday weekend when good-humored high jinks resulted in the tragic fall.’
    • ‘And, of course, it's laughter all the way with comedy kings, Nicky Cummins and Davy Sutton up to their usual high jinks.’
    • ‘According to Park, in keeping with the show being held on April Fool's Day, the audience can look forward to comic high jinks before the concert begins.’
    • ‘A rugby club dinner results in considerable damage to a hotel; is this high jinks or serious hooliganism?’
    • ‘Fears that two toddlers had gone missing from Leapfrog Nursery on Tuesday night turned out to be a case of high jinks when the children were found safe hiding in a cupboard.’
    • ‘There's no witty anecdotes to relate from the office, no high jinks to speak of.’
    • ‘‘I didn't have any leftover time,’ she recalled tartly, ‘for high jinks.’’
    • ‘The inquest heard how the fatal accident had been the result of late-night high jinks that turned so horribly wrong.’
    • ‘It smelt in the worst way of public-school high jinks and I knew what the boys back home would think.’
    • ‘Their train ground to a halt en route through France when, in an early example of sporting high jinks, one of the party pulled the communication cord.’
    • ‘He played down the behaviour of his Republic of Ireland teammates after a night of high jinks landed them in court.’
    • ‘If there are computers there, I'll keep you posted with news of my high jinks and frolics.’
    antics, pranks, larks, escapades, stunts, practical jokes, tricks, romps, frolics
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Late 17th century: see jink.


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