monkeyshines


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mon·key·shine

 (mŭng′kē-shīn′)
n. Slang
often monkeyshines A mischievous or playful trick; a prank: laughed at my daughter's monkeyshines.

monkeyshines

- A combination of monkey and shines, "capers, tricks."
See also related terms for tricks.
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The monkeyshines and mischievousness, conceivably essentially taken from the author's life in rural Arkansas, bring to this reviewer's mind the accounts my Daddy shared of his growing up in rural Arkansas and then California.
32) Calling them a "fourth-rate Uncle Tom minstrel show," he objected again the next season, as well, this time to the club's "unnecessary monkeyshines.
And to blame for their woeful misfortune will solely be the western powers that led them up the garden path with their notorious trickery and monkeyshines.
By comparison, Stendhal's The Red and the Black, Balzac's Lost Illusions, and Flaubert's A Sentimental Education coat their heroes in the muck of hopelessness, while Dickens's David Copperfield, for all its genius, lapses into tear-jerking and monkeyshines.
Curtailer of grabassing, monkeyshines, and pussy-footing-around.
They have seen the whole saga of death and destruction and had no opportunity to enjoy the monkeyshines and liveliness of their childhood or boyhood.
18) Two words from the wizened little monkey in Berlin, and Martin Dies starts cutting monkeyshines in Congress.
So what, then, am I to make of a new book that demonstrates tangible effects of presidential rhetoric concerning the war on drugs, a book that suggests modern presidents actually lead through rhetorical "signals" rather than merely carrying on a game of monkeyshines with public opinion?