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noun 
  1. trickery, Trickery, games; skulduggery. To "call", "claim" or "declare" shenanigans is to rhetorically and ironically label something as officially deceitful, improper, or otherwise incorrect.
You should learn to spot their shenanigans and avoid being fooled.
  1. A deceitful confidence trick, or mischief causing discomfort or annoyance. Often the term is used in the plural: shenanigans. The word may have come from the Irish language, however in some regions, shenanigans can merely be harmless mischievous play, especially by children.
"The advertisement said it would cost $50 but they charged me $75 at the register. I declare shenanigans." The speaker passes off the statement as having some sort of implied official effect, but in reality, it is simply a complaint.
Etymology: Uncertain in origin. These have been suggested:
  • From Irish (term, sionnachuighim, lang=ga, , I play the fox),
  • Shortened from of (term, charranada, , trick or deceit),
  • German slang (term, schiníglen, lang=de),



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