hanky-panky


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han·ky-pan·ky

(hăng′kē-păng′kē)
n. Slang
1. Devious or mischievous activity.
2. Illicit sexual activity.

[Alteration of hokey-pokey, alteration of hocus-pocus.]

hanky-panky

(ˈhæŋkɪˈpæŋkɪ)
n
1. dubious or suspicious behaviour
2. foolish behaviour or talk
3. illicit sexual relations
[C19: variant of hocus-pocus]

han•ky-pan•ky

(ˈhæŋ kiˈpæŋ ki)

n. Informal.
1. unethical behavior; mischief; deceit.
2. illicit sexual relations.
[1835–45; rhyming compound; compare initial h, p of hocus -pocus, hodgepodge, etc.]
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hanky-panky

(Informal)
noun
1. sex, sexual activity, lovemaking, nookie (slang), copulation, fornication, the other (informal), shagging (Brit. taboo slang), coitus, rumpy-pumpy (slang), coition Does this mean no hanky-panky after lights out?
2. mischief, trickery, shenanigans (informal), machinations, subterfuge, chicanery, monkey business (informal), funny business (informal), jiggery-pokery (informal, chiefly Brit.), devilry, knavery offering tax credits and other economic hanky-panky
Translations

hanky-panky

[ˈhæŋkɪˈpæŋkɪ] N
1. (US) (= trickery) there's some hanky-panky going on hereaquí hay trampa, esto huele a camelo
2. (Brit) (sexual) → relaciones fpl sospechosas
we want no hanky-panky with the girlsnada de meterse mano con las chicas

hanky-panky

[ˌhæŋkiˈpæŋki] n
(sexual)galipettes fpl
(dishonest)entourloupes fpl

hanky-panky

n (inf)
(esp US: = dishonest dealings) → Mauscheleien pl (inf), → Tricks pl (inf); there’s some hanky-panky going onhier ist was faul (inf)
(= love affair)Techtelmechtel nt (inf)
(esp Brit: = intimate behaviour) → Gefummel nt (inf); they were having a bit of hanky-panky on the setteesie haben auf dem Sofa ein bisschen gefummelt (inf)

hanky-panky

[ˈhæŋkɪˈpæŋkɪ] n (fam) there's some hanky-panky going on herequi c'è del losco
you can drive me home, but no hanky-panky! → puoi portarmi a casa se tieni le mani a posto!
References in classic literature ?
If you play any hanky-panky tricks - look here, Da Souza, I'll kill you, sure
1 critic was Arthur Ashe, who said: "If betting comes in and spreads, the opportunity for a little hanky-panky would be limitless," immediately becoming the first man in history to vote against limitless hanky-panky.
GOSSIP writers have used the phrase "Ugandan discussions" to mean hanky-panky ever since a girl emerged from a bedroom at a party with an African bloke and claimed they'd discussed Uganda.
Thus said broadcaster Mariella Frostrup, who "borrowed" a friend's boyfriend to go on holiday with after her own husband was forced to pull out because of work commitments - and she has since insisted that hanky-panky was never on the menu.
And happily the scary-eyed Scot has ruled there will be no hanky-panky between himself and his assistant played by Jenna Coleman.
But when hunky farmer boy Andy Slugden strips down for a massage in payment for helping her move into the beauty salon, she can't resist a bit of hanky-panky.
Thankfully we were cheered up by another who informed us that now she had no worries about getting pregnant, she and her man often enjoyed indulging themselves in some hanky-panky.
A spokeswoman for the zoo said they hoped for "some hanky-panky panda action and, hopefully, giant panda cubs.
Hanky-panky, they maintain, strengthens a woman's bond with her partner (notice they don't use the unfashionable term "husband").
He held that non-implementation of court orders is always covered by hanky-panky by the officials concerned.
Seide, a Washington lawyer specializing in protecting companies against government investigations, and Collins, who attends to financial services for a giant corporation, offer advice to corporate lawyers who are called on to investigate possible hanky-panky in the bowels of their own organization.
And it had nothing to do with his alleged financial hanky-panky with the Chinese or Saudis.