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nounIrish English, English Regional, Scottish, Northern
1A mischievous trick; a frolic.
2An awkward or distressing situation; a predicament.
adjectiveIrish English, English Regional, Scottish, Northern
Mischievous; full of tricks; sly or underhand.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Scottish Antiquary. Origin unknown.
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