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practical joke



  1. a prank or trick usually intended to make the victim appear foolish

Derived Forms

practical joker noun

Example Sentences Including 'practical joke'

At first she thought he was playing some kind of practical joke.
Jonathan Gregson BLOOD AGAINST THE SNOWS: The Tragic Story of Nepal's Royal Dynasty (2002)
Bauman raised the receiver to call upstairs -- and found himself the butt of a primitive practical joke.
Smith, Mitchell Stone City
He became increasingly irate when the Republican state headquarters assumed his requests for qualifying forms were a practical joke.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The best reality TV is like a good surprise party or practical joke.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
This was no practical joke , one of those things you buy on a whim just for a laugh.
Misc (1999)
You can't very well tell a mistress you have played a silly practical joke on her just to see how she will take it.
Brent-Dyer, Elinor Challenge for the Chalet School
`Must be a practical joke , although I can't imagine who would do such a thing.
Smith, Evelyn E Miss Melville Regrets
``When I found out I had won, I thought it was a practical joke from someone down the corridor,' he said.
The Australian (2004)


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