ETYM French, from Spanish escapada escape, from escapar to escape; or French, from Italian scappata escape, escapade, from scappare to escape. see Escape.
Any carefree episode; SYN. lark.
The distance of open water over which wind can blow to create waves. The greater the fetch the more potential power waves have when they hit the coast. In the south and west of England the fetch stretches for several thousand kilometers, all the way to South America. This combines with the southwesterly prevailing winds to cause powerful waves and serious coastal erosion along south- and west-facing coastlines.
ETYM Old Eng. meschef bad result, Old Fren. meschief; pref. mes- (Latin minus less) + chief end, head, French chef chief. Related to Minus, and Chief.
Reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others; SYN. mischief-making, mischievousness, deviltry, devilry, devilment, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan.