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[jingk] /dʒɪŋk/

jinks, prankish or frolicsome activities.
British Dialect. 2 .
plural noun
boisterous or mischievous play (esp in the phrase high jinks)
to move swiftly or jerkily or make a quick turn in order to dodge or elude
a jinking movement

“to wheel or fling about in dancing,” 1715, Scottish, of unknown origin. As a noun, 1786, “act of eluding,” probably from the verb in the sense “elude” (1774). For high jinks, see hijinks.

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To takeevasive action; dodge; zig-zag: went jinking down the field, shot and missed/ She jinked sideways to avoid an oncoming truck

[1785+; fr northern English dialect jink, ”make a quick evasive turn,” adopted into the idiom of rugby football; popularized by Vietnam War Air Force use]
see: high jinks


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