shenanigan

Ever been ripped off at three card monte or some other con? Well, you're the victim of a shenanigan, a clever form of deception, usually designed to part the unwary from their money.

Not all shenanigans are financially motivated; an equally popular meaning is simply high spirits or boisterous behavior that might upset or annoy others, though usually not with any serious intent. It seems to be a word frequently applied to the Irish, with their established love of the high-spirited and artful ploy, and in fact may well come from the ancient Irish word sionnach, meaning "fox" — a traditionally sly beast.

Definitions of shenanigan
1

n the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)

Synonyms:
chicane, chicanery, guile, trickery, wile
Types:
dupery, fraud, fraudulence, hoax, humbug, put-on
something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
jugglery
artful trickery designed to achieve an end
goldbrick
anything that is supposed to be valuable but turns out to be worthless
Type of:
deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation
the act of deceiving

n reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others

Synonyms:
devilment, devilry, deviltry, mischief, mischief-making, mischievousness, rascality, roguery, roguishness
Types:
blaze, hell
noisy and unrestrained mischief
monkey business
mischievous or deceitful behavior
hooliganism, malicious mischief, vandalism
willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others
Type of:
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed
improper or wicked or immoral behavior

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