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Definition of mischief noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1bad behavior (especially of children) that is annoying but does not cause any serious damage or harm Those children are always getting into mischief. I try to keep out of mischief. It's very quiet upstairs; they must be up to some mischief!
  2. 2the wish or tendency to behave or play in a way that causes trouble Her eyes were full of mischief.
  3. 3(formal) harm or injury that is done to someone or to their reputation The incident caused a great deal of political mischief.
  4. Idioms
    make mischief
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    to do or say something deliberately to upset other people, or cause trouble between them
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mischief

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