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caper

1. A trick, prank, or other similarly mischievous action. Come on, we'll definitely get in trouble if we're caught in another caper.
2. An illegal scheme or plot. What caper did you two fools get arrested for this time?

cut capers

To play and run around in a jubilant manner. The weather is so nice that the kids have been cutting capers in the backyard all morning.
See also: caper, cut

cut capers

Also, cut a caper. Frolic or romp, as in The children cut capers in the pile of raked leaves. The noun caper comes from the Latin for "goat," and the allusion is to act in the manner of a young goat clumsily frolicking about. The expression was first recorded in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (1:3): "Faith, I can cut a caper."
See also: caper, cut

caper

(ˈkepɚ)
1. n. any stunt or event; a trick or a scam. That little caper the kids did with the statue from the town square was a dandy.
2. n. a criminal job: theft, kidnapping, blackmail, etc. (Underworld.) The black and whites pulled up right in the middle of the caper.
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Chemical studies of Caper and Ritha have shown that they contain several beneficial chemical compounds.
Critter capers events have been so successful at creating a following that visitors are traveling long distances to participate.
Capers contain more quercetin per weight than any other plant [62].
They sell capers in tiny jars at the local laiki on Friday mornings for two euros: pungent and perfect, little fisted buds that burst with peppery flavour preserved in olive oil, wonderful with feta and lush ripe tomatoes.
Capers, most recently the newspaper's director of community marketing and research, joined the T&G in 1974 and has worked in advertising, human resources and research.
Capers are expensive because they're labour-intensive.
The racecourse Tote and several course bookmakers paid out on Classic Capers, and so were forced to pay out again on Bang And Blame, but they were spared a bloodbath as neither horse was heavily backed.
Ten years operating in the same place has made Capers a familiar and well-established eatery.
The range offers a wide variety of capers in different grades and formats from the Delicias Nonpareilles Capers (baby capers) in Sherry Vinegar to the convenient Chopped Capers in White Wine Vinegar, and Delicias Caperberries in White Wine Vinegar -- the first of their kind available on the retail market in the UK where they've been widely accepted as an excellent addition to salads and pizzas or as an accompaniment to cold meat and cheese.
In addition to stills from dozens of animated films, readers of Cartoon Capers will be rewarded with such unique products of Mazurkewich's research as an original drawing by NFB legend Kaj Pindal, a page from a 1960s underground comic by Oscar-winner John Weldon and a Christmas card that John Kricfalusi, of "Ren and Stimpy" fame, designed for Bob "Beany and Cecil" Clampett.
He was complaining that, although he followed a certain recipe to the letter, he was unable to taste the capers in the finished dish.
An archivist at and later director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Capers was an "occasional columnist" for the Jackson Daily News, the Jackson State Times, and the Delta Review.
Herbs and spices reviewed range from asafoetida, capers and carambola to perilla, potato onion and spearmint.
Here the head chef at The Monro in Duke Street, Liverpool, brings us his recipe for seabass over spaghetti with capers, black olives and anchovies.
They're an oily fish which means they need something sharp for a contrast and capers and lemon will give them a bit of a bite.