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English definition of “mischief”


noun     /ˈmɪs.tʃɪf/
[U] behaviour , especially a child's, that is slightly bad but is not intended to cause serious harm or damage : He needs a hobby to keep him busy and stop him from getting into mischief. Perhaps a new bike would keep him out of mischief. I hope you haven't been up to any mischief while I was away.Bad but attractive [C] a mischievous child Children and babies [U] informal damage or harm : criminal mischiefDamaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
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