I found this in an article, and then looked it up on the internet. From what I see, it appears to be playing pranks on people.

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    Give some context please.
    – Flaudre
    Apr 5, 2015 at 2:13
  • iciba: <动> put in order ; adjust ; repair ; mend 3. (使吃苦头) make sb. suffer; punish 5. (动)使吃苦头:~人。 整 used in this sense is very familiar to users watching TV series about crime, 在这个意义上使用这个词,看刑侦电视剧的使用者都很熟悉
    – user6065
    Apr 5, 2015 at 3:55

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It actually has 2 meanings.

The first one mean fool somebody or make jokes on somebody. For example, when you want to sit down, and I pull the chair away which makes you sit on the ground directly. This action can called 整人.

Another meaning is more serious. If a person A does not like another person B, A will do a lot of bad things on B in order to embarrassed B. For example, it can happen in a company. If A does not like B, A will treat bad on B and force B leave the team or the company. It is also called 整人.

  1. '整人'means to make a trick to somebody,but normolly it is a little bit negative. Perhaps '整人'can make somebody unhappy,but others laughing.
  2. In another meaning, '整人'means to harm someone by means which are under the table.It's totally a bad behavior.

Long story short, I think you got it right.

整人 = playing prank on people.

That is most common way to understand it.

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