shenanigans

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

questionable practices or mischievous activity

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shenanigans - mischief

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Unlike the similar meaning ‘chicanery', the word 'shenanigans’ expresses a form of trickery that is plural, and has less negative connotations due to the humorous element attached to it. It is more about getting up to high-spirited or boisterous mischief rather than calculated manipulation. For that reason, it is less common in a professional context.

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Synonyms antics,trickery
Antonyms sincerity,dourness

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  1. I told my kids to settle down and that I would not be putting up with any more of their shenanigans.

  2. Paul was a brilliant player, but his career was impeded by his frequent off-the-field shenanigans.

  3. I’m getting an accountant to go through the books to make sure there hasn’t been any financial shenanigans.

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