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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.]
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hanky-panky

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

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