practical joker

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practical joke

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

practical joker n.
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Noun1.practical joker - someone who plays practical jokes on otherspractical joker - someone who plays practical jokes on others
bad hat, mischief-maker, trouble maker, troublemaker, troubler - someone who deliberately stirs up trouble
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"Unless we have come upon a primitive practical joker," Summerlee suggested, "which I should think would be one of the most elementary developments of man."
"`What, be driven out of our own house by a practical joker?' said I.
I am forced to admit that even though I had traveled a long distance to place Bowen Tyler's manuscript in the hands of his father, I was still a trifle skeptical as to its sincerity, since I could not but recall that it had not been many years since Bowen had been one of the most notorious practical jokers of his alma mater.
The Mavericks were incurable practical jokers; and it occurred to the Englishman that silence was best till he had made complete inquiry.
A PRACTICAL joker hanged himself at home when a prank went diastrously wrong, an inquest heard.
Yumeko, a practical joker who was raised by monks in a secluded temple, has always known she is half demon--half human, half kitsune (fox).
Lewis said he wasn't aware of any, adding: "Dean isn't really a practical joker."
The Royal Mail says the first recorded postcard was sent by writer and practical joker Theodore Hook in 1840, but the idea did not take off until 30 years later.
"He was a real practical joker. If he could do anything to make you laugh, he would do it."
Mates of the practical joker, who left one brother naked in a field and locked a ball and chain on another on their stag nights, were determined to pay him back for all the tricks he pulled on them.
She's also a renowned practical joker. In 2011, the morning after the Scottish elections, I was hosting a breakfast TV election programme, which you can imagine was a fairly serious business.

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