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HIGH. This word has various significations: 1. Principal or chief, as high constable, high sheriff. 2. Prominent, in a bad sense, as high treason. 3. Open, not confined, as high seas.

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THE high-spirited venture of Bernard Jordan, the war veteran who left his nursing home in Hove without telling anyone to travel to the 70th Anniversary commemoration of the D-Day landings in Normandy, reminded me of the final hours of my father, Murray Morris, 88.
Alas, as Jesy, George Shelley and crew set off for the May Fair hotel at 4am, high-spirited George started hurling her ghettoblaster-style birthday cake at snappers, while a bemused Sonny Jay from Loveable Rogues tried to stop him.
The friend of a teenage girl killed by her parents because they believed she brought shame on their family has paid tribute to a "caring, high-spirited and brave young lady".
The high-spirited fans raised a glass to Cian Healey and the rest of the Ireland team as they ran out on to the pitch.
Slump is a racous, wildly funny action series filled with irreverent wacky gags and high-spirited fun.
AMY Winehouse was as high-spirited as the tower when she played Blackpool - but unlike Pinocchio, her nose seemed to tell the true story.
The night featured high-spirited entertainment by Le Clique and raised a record !breaking $1.5 million, to support pediatric immunology.
The march in Montreal was high-spirited, fervent, and family-friendly, drawing bundled-up parents pushing strollers as well as middle-aged and elderly activists and a large contingent of young adults.
The majority are suspected to have been lifted as the result of pranks, possibly by high-spirited students removing them as trophies, after a night out.
Simply narrated so that young people who are just graduating from picturebooks can easily follow the text, The Adventures of Mouse Deer is witty and steeped with the power of myth, as well as high-spirited determination.