prank (n.) Old form(s): prancks , prankes
outrageous deed, excessive behaviour
Ham III.iv.2[Polonius to Gertrude, of Hamlet] his pranks have been too broad to bear with
KL I.iv.234[Gonerill to Lear] This admiration ... is much o'the savour / Of other your new pranks
Oth II.i.140[Iago to Desdemona] There's none so foul and foolish thereunto, / But does foul pranks which fair and wise ones do
Oth III.iii.200[Iago to Othello] In Venice they do let God see the pranks / They dare not show their husbands
TN IV.i.54[Olivia to Sebastian, of Sir Toby] hear thou ... how many fruitless pranks / This ruffian hath botched up
WT IV.iv.695[Shepherd to Clown] I will tell the King all ... and his son's pranks too
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