practical joke

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But the king loved his practical jokes, and took pleasure in forcing Hop-Frog to drink and (as the king called it)'to be merry.
These little practical jokes amused us mightily, and doubtless afforded the pilgrims the gratification of considering themselves martyrs.
Famous for his practical jokes, he varied them with such elaborate care that he always obtained a victim.
Well the greatest portion of the press were screeching in all possible tones, like a confounded company of parrots instructed by some devil with a taste for practical jokes, that the financier de Barral was helping the great moral evolution of our character towards the newly-discovered virtue of Thrift.
There was something extremely provoking, in this obstinately pacific system; it left Brom no alternative but to draw upon the funds of rustic waggery in his disposition, and to play off boorish practical jokes upon his rival.
But obviously Raffles and he were on exceptional terms of intimacy, and I could not but infer that they were in the habit of playing practical jokes upon each other.
Correspondents of Super-Info organized the practical joke on Nazira Aitbekova involving her kidnapping.
I couldn't believe it and thought that it was a practical joke.
When he considers the bed trick in All's Well That Ends Well in another chapter, he insists that it is not really a practical joke because Helena is too solemn and just not funny; but that of course depends entirely on the players, and especially on the loathsomeness of Bertram.
He said: 'I thought it was another one of his practical jokes,' and added it was definitely not to take his own life.
McGavin's "Secular Music in the Burgh of Haddington, 1530-1640," which describes musicians at the most popular level in this Scottish town; its only reference to upper-class musical activity is to "rough music" intended as a practical joke (54).

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