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Mischievousness

See also Joke, Practical.
Ate
goddess of evil and mischief. [Gk. Myth.: Parrinder, 33; Kravitz, 39]
Beaver
mischievous ten-year-old beset by trivial troubles. [TV: “Leave It to Beaver” in Terrace, II, 18–19]
Beg, Little Callum
devilish page. [Br. Lit.: Waverley]
Brer Rabbit
clever trickster. [Children’s Lit.: Uncle Remus]
Brown, Buster
turn-of-the-century enfant terrible. [Comics: Horn, 145]
Cercopes
apelike pygmies; tried to steal Hercules’ weapons. [Gk. Myth.: Leach, 206]
crocodile
symbolizes naughtiness and chicanery. [Jewish Tradition: Jobes, 382]
Dennis the Menace
latter-day Buster Brown, complete with dog. [Comics: Horn, 201]
Erlking
elf king who works mischief on children. [Ger. Folk-lore: LLEI, I: 283]
Eulenspiegel, Till
legendary peasant known for his pranks. [Ger. Folklore: Benét, 325–326]
Finn, Huckleberry
mischievous, sharp-witted boy has many adventures. [Am. Lit.: Huckleberry Finn]
Georgie Porgie
kissed the girls and made them cry. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 185]
Halloween
(Allhallows Eve) youngsters play pranks on the neighbors. [Am. Folklore: Misc.]
Junior
(Red Skelton) “the mean widdle kid.” [Radio: “The Red Skelton Show” in Buxton, 197]
Katzenjammer Kids
twin Teutonic terrors. [Comics: “The Captain and the Kids” in Horn, 156–157]
Lampwick
archetypal juvenile delinquent leads Pinocchio astray. [Am. Cinema: Pinocchio in Disney Films, 32–37]
Little Rascals, The
scamps unite to terrorize adults. [Am. TV: Terrace, II, 31]
Merop’s Son
misguided do-gooder. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 704]
Moth
“handful of wit”; Armado’s “pretty knavish page.” [Br. Lit.: Love’s Labour’s Lost]
Nicka-Nan Night
Shrove Tuesday eve when boys play tricks. [Br. Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 756]
Our Gang
group of children in comedy series: always into mischief. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 546; Am. TV: “The Little Rascals” in Terrace, II, 31]
Peck’s Bad Boy
mischievous boy plays pranks on his father. [Am. Lit.: Peck’s Bad Boy, Hart, 642]
Peter Rabbit
always ransacking farmer MacGregor’s patch. [Children’s Lit.: The Tale of Peter Rabbit]
pixies
prank-playing fairies; mislead travelers. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 328–330]
pooka
wild shaggy colt that misled benighted travelers. [Br. Folklore: Briggs]
Puck
knavish hobgoblin who plays pranks. [Br. Folklore & Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
Rooney, Andy
scatterbrained gossoon; makes trouble without trying. [Irish Lit.: Handy Andy]
Sawyer, Tom
hookey-playing, imaginative lad of St. Petersburg, Missouri. [Am. Lit.: Tom Sawyer]
Stalky
with his two friends, devises ingenious pranks that make life miserable for the masters of the school. [Br. Lit.: Kipling Stalky and Company]
Wag, Charlie
school-skipping delinquent of penny dreadful. [Br. Lit.: Charlie Wag, the Boy Burglar, Opie, 117]
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Their connections were dissolved, their armies scattered, and a future invasion put entirely out of their power; yet they continued to practise mischief secretly upon the inhabitants, in the exposed parts of the country.
From that time, until the happy return of peace between the United States and Great-Britain, the Indians did us no mischief.
Take this herb, which is one of great virtue, and keep it about you when you go to Circe's house, it will be a talisman to you against every kind of mischief.
She will then be frightened, and will desire you to go to bed with her; on this you must not point blank refuse her, for you want her to set your companions free, and to take good care also of yourself, but you must make her swear solemnly by all the blessed gods that she will plot no further mischief against you, or else when she has got you naked she will unman you and make you fit for nothing.
The enchantress was far too cunning to let Ulysses see the mischief which her magic arts had since brought upon the gormandizers.
For every drop of the pure grape juice there were two drops of the pure mischief; and the danger of the thing was, that the mischief made it taste all the better.
If you found him a billet where I should like to see him," Surgeon-Major Thomson observed bitterly, "he would never do any more mischief in this world
He accompanied these words with such rough actions, that they soon got the better of Mr Blifil's peaceful temper; and a scuffle immediately ensued, which might have produced mischief, had it not been prevented by the interposition of Thwackum and the physician; for the philosophy of Square rendered him superior to all emotions, and he very calmly smoaked his pipe, as was his custom in all broils, unless when he apprehended some danger of having it broke in his mouth.
If he isn't up to mischief, what does he need all these things for - private telegraph line, private telephone, private wireless?
He has done plenty of mischief with it already," Kinsley groaned.
And as soon as an important moment of life comes, like the children when they are cold and hungry, I turn to Him, and even less than the children when their mother scolds them for their childish mischief, do I feel that my childish efforts at wanton madness are reckoned against me.
But then it was to be considered what should be done to keep them from doing the mischief they designed; for all agreed, governor and all, that means were to be used for preserving the society from danger.