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practical joke

n.
A mischievous trick played on a person, especially one that causes the victim to experience embarrassment, indignity, or discomfort.

practical joker n.

practical joke

n
a prank or trick usually intended to make the victim appear foolish
practical joker n

prac′tical joke′


n.
a playful trick, often involving some physical agent or means, in which the victim is placed in an embarrassing or disadvantageous position.
[1840–50]
prac′tical jok′er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.practical joke - a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)practical joke - a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)
antic, prank, put-on, joke, trick, caper - a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
April fool - a practical joke or trick played on the first day of April
hotfoot - a practical joke that involves inserting a match surreptitiously between the sole and upper of the victim's shoe and then lighting it
rag - a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)
snipe hunt - an elaborate practical joke in which the unsuspecting victim hunts a snipe and is typically left in the dark holding a bag and waiting for the snipe to run into it; "in the South a snipe hunt is practically a rite of passage"

practical joke

noun trick, joke, hoax, prank They played a silly practical joke on her.
Translations
مزْحَة ثقيلَه
kanadský žert
practical joke
hrekkur, prakkarastrik
kanadský žart
hudomušna šala
eşek şakası

practical joke

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practical

(ˈprӕktikəl) adjective
1. concerned with the doing of something. practical difficulties; His knowledge is practical rather than theoretical.
2. (of a thing, idea etc) useful; effective. You must try to find a practical answer to the problem.
3. (negative unpractical) (of a person) able to do or deal with things well or efficiently. He can look after himself – he's a very practical child.
ˌpractiˈcality (ˈkӕ-) noun
ˈpractically adverb
1. almost. The room was practically full.
2. in a practical way. Practically, it's more difficult than you think.
practical joke
a usually irritating joke consisting of an action done to someone, rather than a story told. He nailed my chair to the floor as a practical joke.
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He would have preferred Rabelais' 'Gargantua' to the 'Zadig' of Voltaire: and, upon the whole, practical jokes suited his taste far better than verbal ones.
Still his wit was never frozen, nor his sunshiny temper beclouded; and his innumerable antics and practical jokes, while they quickened the circulation of his own blood, kept his companions in high good-humor.
I tire of the labour of thinking, and, when the table is finished, start practical jokes and set all playing at games, which we carry on with bucolic boisterousness.
He had had his fill long ago of the noisy friendly parties at Highbank, with coasting, ice-boating, sleighing, long tramps in the snow, and a general flavour of mild flirting and milder practical jokes.
He was ready to serve mankind to the utmost of his power when effort seemed to him of any avail, and at times he sacrificed even his ambition to his convictions; but he had decided that the mass of men were hopelessly foolish, corrupt, and inferior, personal sympathy with them was impossible to him, and his contempt often took the form of sardonic practical jokes, practised sometimes on a whole city.
I am convinced that the inspector has formed the opinion that the letters are all practical jokes, and that the deaths of my relations were really accidents, as the jury stated, and were not to be connected with the warnings.
He reflected that this coalition of four young, brave, enterprising, and active men ought to have some other object than swaggering walks, fencing lessons, and practical jokes, more or less witty.
In Tarzan it was a trifle broad, perhaps, manifesting itself in rough and painful practical jokes upon his friends and cruel baiting of his enemies.
There'll be no young rooks fit for pies for a month yet; shows how much you know about it," rejoined Martin, who, though very good friends with East, regarded him with considerable suspicion for his propensity to practical jokes.
Taking a man's nightcap from his brow by violent means, and adjusting it on the head of an unknown gentleman, of dirty exterior, however ingenious a witticism in itself, is unquestionably one of those which come under the denomination of practical jokes.
These little practical jokes amused us mightily, and doubtless afforded the pilgrims the gratification of considering themselves martyrs.
Famous for his practical jokes, he varied them with such elaborate care that he always obtained a victim.

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