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practical joke

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpractical jokeˌpractical ˈjoke noun [countable]  JOKEa trick that is intended to give someone a surprise or shock, or to make them look stupidpractical joker noun [countable]
Examples from the Corpus
practical jokeTwo weeks ago firemen freed a woman after a practical joke ended in her unable to release herself.Baker said that he thought the incident was a practical joke that had backfired.Suspecting some bizarre practical joke, Charlotte marched up to the front door and rang the bell.At first I thought it was an enormous practical joke.Had he been brought here as some kind of practical joke?
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