Meaning of “mischief” in the English Dictionary

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"mischief" in British English

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uk /ˈmɪs.tʃɪf/ us /ˈmɪs.tʃɪf/

[ U ] behaviour, especially a child's, that is slightly bad but is not intended to cause serious harm or damage:

She's a lively little girl, full of mischief.
He needs a hobby to keep him busy and stop him from getting into mischief.
Maybe a new bike would keep him out of mischief.
I hope you haven't been up to any mischief while I was gone.

[ U ] informal damage or harm:

criminal mischief

(Definition of “mischief” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mischief" in American English

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mischiefnoun [ U ]

us /ˈmɪs·tʃəf/

behavior, esp. of a child, that is slightly bad or causes trouble but is not intended to harm anyone:

Some of the neighborhood kids like to get into mischief.
She’s a cute little girl, but full of mischief.

(Definition of “mischief” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)