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"mischief" in British English

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mischiefnoun

uk   us   /ˈmɪs.tʃɪf/
[U] behaviour, ​especially a child's, that is ​slightlybad but is not ​intended to ​causeseriousharm 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 ​slightlybad or ​causestrouble but is not ​intended to ​harm anyone: Some of the ​neighborhoodkids 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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