One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the boys are always getting up to mischief’
naughtiness, badness, bad behaviour, misbehaviour, mischievousness, misconduct, misdemeanour, perversity, disobedience, pranks, tricks, larks, capers, nonsense, roguery, devilry, funny business
informal monkey tricks, monkey business, shenanigans, goings-on, hanky-panky
British informal carry-on, carryings-on, jiggery-pokery
2‘he could see mischief in her eyes’
impishness, roguishness, devilment
3‘be careful, or you'll do yourself a mischief’
harm, hurt, an injury
impairment, damage, detriment, ill, trouble
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