mischief


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make mischief

to cause trouble. Bob loves to make mischief and get other people into trouble. Don't believe what Mary says. She's just trying to make mischief.
See also: make, mischief

do yourself a mischief

  (British & Australian humorous)
if you tell someone they will do themselves a mischief if they do something, you mean they will hurt themselves You want to be careful jumping over spikes like that - you might do yourself a mischief!
See also: mischief

make mischief

Cause trouble, as in Don't listen to her gossip-she's just trying to make mischief. This idiom was first recorded in 1884, but the related noun mischief-maker, a person who causes trouble especially by tale-bearing, dates from about 1700.
See also: make, mischief
References in classic literature ?
Their savage minds were inflamed to mischief by two abandoned men, Captains McKee and Girty.
The others did not suspect any mischief so they followed her into the house, but I staid where I was, for I thought there might be some treachery.
The people of New England had a bitter hatred against the French, not only for the mischief which they did with their own hands, but because they incited the Indians to hostility.
But the wise king struck at them with his long spear, and sternly bade them begone out of his path; for he knew that they had once been bloodthirsty men, and would now tear him limb from limb, instead of fawning upon him, could they do the mischief that was in their hearts.
Perhaps some of us were rather too full of mischief at times, flying down to pull the tails of the animals that had no wings, chasing birds, and throwing nuts at the people who walked in the forest.
He is only one, and I want to mischief all the seven.
However, we'll find him a billet where he can't possibly do any mischief.
Well, mischief is interesting," laughed the Story Girl.
And by-the-by,' cried he, as I was leaving the room, 'you'd better tell that d-d old sneak of a nurse to keep out of my way for a day or two; I'd pay her her wages and send her packing to-morrow, but I know she'd do more mischief out of the house than in it.
But as his passion did not so far deprive him of all use of his understanding, as to hide from him the consequences which any violent expression towards Blifil might have on the sick, this apprehension stilled his rage at the present; and he grew afterwards so satisfied with finding that this news had, in fact, produced no mischief, that he suffered his anger to die in his own bosom, without ever mentioning it to Blifil.
Such revenge doth mine abundance think of: such mischief welleth out of my lonesomeness.
I think that either out of sheer love of mischief, or from some subtler motive, he is capable of anything.
Their mother, catching them at these pranks, began reminding them in Levin's presence of the trouble their mischief gave to the grown-up people, and that this trouble was all for their sake, and that if they smashed the cups they would have nothing to drink their tea out of, and that if they wasted the milk, they would have nothing to eat, and die of hunger.
Be modest in speech, my watchful son, or you may have to answer yet for the mischief your own bad conduct has brought upon us.
One of the Spaniards who was by, seeing him give the fellow a barbarous cut with the hatchet, which he aimed at his head, but stuck into his shoulder, so that he thought he had cut the poor creature's arm off, ran to him, and entreating him not to murder the poor man, placed himself between him and the savage, to prevent the mischief.