Definition of high jinks in English:

high jinks

(also hijinks)

plural noun

  • Boisterous fun.

    ‘high jinks behind the wheel of a car’
    • ‘The inquest heard how the fatal accident had been the result of late-night high jinks that turned so horribly wrong.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He played down the behaviour of his Republic of Ireland teammates after a night of high jinks landed them in court.’
    • ‘A rugby club dinner results in considerable damage to a hotel; is this high jinks or serious hooliganism?’
    • ‘If there are computers there, I'll keep you posted with news of my high jinks and frolics.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘There's no witty anecdotes to relate from the office, no high jinks to speak of.’
    • ‘These are not acts of youthful high jinks and the explosives are not the ‘penny bangers’ of my youth.’
    • ‘‘I didn't have any leftover time,’ she recalled tartly, ‘for high jinks.’’
    • ‘When I heard they had nominated me I thought it was just a bit of high jinks.’
    • ‘It smelt in the worst way of public-school high jinks and I knew what the boys back home would think.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, teachers responded to his pranks and high jinks with wrath and hours of detention.’
    • ‘It would have taken far more than a few drunken high jinks to spoil our evening.’
    • ‘And, of course, it's laughter all the way with comedy kings, Nicky Cummins and Davy Sutton up to their usual high jinks.’
    • ‘The thrilling high jinks of last weekend had the crowd anticipating similarly spectacular bursts of action.’
    • ‘Dynamic duo Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson return for some more high jinks in this entertaining if fairly predictable action comedy sequel.’
    antics, pranks, larks, escapades, stunts, practical jokes, tricks, romps, frolics
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Late 17th century: see jink.


high jinks

/ˈhī ˌjiNGks//ˈhaɪ ˌdʒɪŋks/