high jinks


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

high jinks

Excited, uninhibited, often boisterous or silly behavior. The boss started cracking down on the high jinks that were always going on in the office. I had a great group of friends growing up. We'd get up to all kinds of high jinks when we got together.
See also: high

high jinks

Playful or rowdy activity, often involving mischievous pranks. For example, All sorts of high jinks go on at summer camp after "lights out." About 1700 this term denoted a gambling game accompanied by much drinking, but by the mid-1800s it acquired its present meaning.
See also: high

ˌhigh ˈjinks

(old-fashioned, informal) a lot of fun and amusement: They got up to all sorts of high jinks on the trip.This refers to a particular game that was played at drinking parties.
See also: high
References in periodicals archive ?
dexterity, aren't nuts balls, to with on me carefully They idea what to do Imagine the high jinks, smooth moves and smoochy moments they had flashed down on over the years
Once there, the little critters engage in all kinds of high jinks. Most recently, a day care center and school in Roedermark Ober Roden closed for 2 days because a caterpillar invasion required fumigation of the playground, according to an online report by the International Society for Infectious Diseases.
The focus is on the Company where Kin Arad (aided by memory surgery and 120 years of life experience) is a supervisor who understands high jinks. When she was much younger, Arad designed a mountain range in the shape of her initials.
Punch-Drunk's high/low high jinks are immediately apparent, pairing Hollywood's lowbrow cash cow Sandler with Lars von Trier alumna Emily Watson and mingling a nonprofessional supporting cast with the artiest mise-en-scene of Anderson's career, including abstract digital animation sequences by New York-based artist Jeremy Blake.
The opening allegro crackled with masculine high jinks. A slow movement followed, with a tender duet for two young lovers (Brossiet and Jason Curtis), suddenly interrupted by the intrusion of another man (Berdo), who effortlessly spirits the girl away.
We were bombarded with goofy and dopey movies about high school high jinks such as American Pie and condescending, tawdry yawn-a-thons such as Varsity Blues, Never Been Kissed, or worse, Cruel Intentions.
Some longtime party members, however, were not amused by Stern's high-profile high jinks, claiming that the self-proclaimed "King of All Media" was disrupting a serious undertaking.
It's back to the banks, and no more of the 1980s' financial high jinks.
So they fashioned a third force, a worldly style "as hedonistic as the College Man,' but intellectually curious and scornful of frat-boy high jinks.
There's plenty of high jinks as a baggage handler strike causes panic for the Dawson family, eager to get home for their anniversary party.
What lads' night in is complete without such high jinks? Howard, 45, got a bit grumpy the next morning, writing: "FYI last night, I wasn't drunk.
The film follows the college years at Monsters University of one-eyed Mike Wazowski (voiced by Crystal) and big 'n' hairy Sulley (Goodman) as they become friends, learn how to be top scarers and get involved in all sorts of high jinks.
But, during the high jinks, the Mayoress lost the medal on her civic chain.
The minimum price per unit might help cut out binge drinking by the less well-off but I can't see it affecting the drinkers of this world who will carry on with their 'high jinks' as usual.
HIGH JINKS Made in Chelsea's Cheska TOWIE FACTOR...