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make mischief

To cause naughty, playful trouble. Their parents are both big practical jokers, so all of the kids love to make mischief themselves. He's always making mischief with the interns and new employees.
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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.
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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.
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make mischief

create trouble or discord.
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make ˈmischief

deliberately do or say something that annoys or upsets somebody; make trouble for somebody: She told those lies because she was jealous and wanted to make mischief.
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They say the devil makes mischief for idle hands, but an Aries with a mission is pretty amazing, so now is the time to focus and shine.
Meanwhile Eileen Walsh's Ariel, a sprite who clearly dresses in a hurry, puts people to sleep, wakes them up again and generally makes mischief. She's not what you'd call an airy fairy but she does Prospero's bidding with barely a hint of resentment, keen to earn the freedom he has promised.
"You have to laugh when you see it but stealing is still very serious and they deserve to be punished." In Matt Lucas and David Walliams's comedy sketch show Little Britain, Andy Pipkin - whose catchphrases include "I want that one" - is pushed around in a wheelchair by kind Lou but leaps out and makes mischief when his pal's back is turned.
However, Tigger warns Lumpy and Roo to watch out for the dreaded Gobloon, who makes mischief when you least expect it.
"She makes mischief between Nesbitt and his fellow Cold Feet stars and says 'he used me and then tossed me away like a rag doll'.
Tony's ghostly partner, who makes mischief as a practical joker, goes beyond the call of duty when he starts to give love advice.