Definition of mischief in English:
- ‘David was always up to mischief with his mates,’ Tracy said.
- I can't understand why people don't want this thing when the children are so bored and get up to mischief.
- A group of youngsters are up to mischief in a local wood when they decide to go in search of a derelict house where, according to local legend, a weird old witch used to live.
- She rubbed my arm comfortingly with a small twinkle of mischief that I had seen somewhere else.
- Abby smirked, pure mischief dancing in her eyes.
- There was a slight mischief in her eyes and a smirk on his lips.
- The idea was to entice teenagers off the streets on Saturdays when they might be making mischief, but Sonja never imagined how successful it would be.
- The former group are intent on making mischief, the latter on making meaning out of an event which still has none.
- Such a thing can cause huge mischief, when these contradictory streams collide.
- This mischief has now been remedied by section 51 of the Supreme Court Act 1981.
- The mischief that section 42 is designed to prevent is repeated litigation against the same person on the same issue.
- It seems to come to this: what is a situation where the statute that is then enacted upon its proper construction happens to go beyond remedying the mischief?
Late Middle English (denoting misfortune or distress): from Old French meschief, from the verb meschever, from mes- 'adversely' + chever 'come to an end' (from chef 'head').
In early examples, mischief denoted ‘misfortune’ or ‘distress’. It came from Old French meschever ‘come to an unfortunate end’, based on chef ‘head’.
do someone (or oneself) a mischief
- British informal Injure someone or oneself: I would have done myself a mischief if I’d carried onMore example sentences
- She leapt out of her stretch position without doing herself a mischief that would be regretted later, and called the story in to the news desk.
- For God's sake, calm down before you do yourself a mischief!
- ‘Steady on,’ said a male voice from within, ‘you'll do yourself a mischief.’
Words that rhyme with mischiefhandkerchief
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