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    ringing and making trouble

    What word do you use to describe a person who rings the doorbell and runs away just to make trouble for people? I mean what do you call this person? Maybe this doesn't happen in your country but in some countries like my country children sometimes do it to have fun!

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    Re: ringing and making trouble

    not a teacher

    Putting aside the stronger terms of abuse that such behaviour would commonly attract (and yes, it happens all over the world), there would be a lot of regional differences for this situation.
    If the kids are just doing it for a bit of fun, although it is very annoying, they might just be called "cheeky" or a "nuisance", possibly "rascals" or "scallywags", which are a little old fashioned but I still hear them. In Australia they might be called "larrikins" or "ratbags", but more likely "little b*ggers/b*stards".
    If it's part of a persistent pattern of much worse behaviour they might be called "hooligans", "hoons" or "deliquents".

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    Re: ringing and making trouble

    We don't have a word for the children who do it, but the game is called (in my area of the UK) "Knock Down Ginger". If you Google that phrase, you will find lots of information on it.

    It's a very annoying game and I agree with JMurray that what the victims might call the children doing it would entirely depend on how irritating the victims found it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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