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mischiefnoun

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)

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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)
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