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jinks (JINGKS) (noun)
Quick movements that make sudden turns and twists, and dodging: The getaway car at the bank robbery raced down the street making many jinks to avoid being caught.
Something that is believed to bring bad luck.
jinx (JINGKS) (verb)
To cause adversity, bad luck, or misfortune: Some people say that breaking a mirror will jinx a person, bringing him or her seven years bad luck.
Roy's erratic driving, committing many jinks to stay on the roadway, seemed almost to be a jinx on his success as a race car driver.
This entry is located in the following unit: Confusing Words Clarified: Group J; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. + (page 1)