Definition of horseplay in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːspleɪ


[mass noun]
Rough, boisterous play: this ridiculous horseplay has gone far enough
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  • There are exceptions to this rule, and even violence intentionally inflicted will not be a criminal offence if it occurs in the course of a lawful activity, such as contact sports, surgical operations, rough horseplay or tattooing.
  • Fourthly, why is rough and undisciplined horseplay, where serious injuries may be sustained by victims whose consent must be seriously in doubt, included in the list of exceptions?
  • Mr Hedley, of Carr Meadow, says he hopes the incident is not treated as merely high jinks or horseplay.
fooling around, foolish behaviour, clowning, fooling, tomfoolery, buffoonery;
rough and tumble, romping, skylarking
informal shenanigans, monkey business
British informal monkey tricks
North American informal didoes

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