Monkey trick

a mischievous prank.

See also: Monkey

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Such a monkey trick looks like mere madness, but I suppose he was mad, partly with the boredom of watching over what he felt was a fraud, though he couldn't prove it.
"John is in such spirits today!" said she, on his taking Miss Steeles's pocket handkerchief, and throwing it out of window--"He is full of monkey tricks."
But I felt it all the same; I felt often its mysterious stillness watching me at my monkey tricks, just as it watches you fellows performing on your respective tight-ropes for--what is it?
I fancy this sort of disfigurement embittered the poor chap a little; for while Smythe was ready to show off his monkey tricks anywhere, James Welkin (that was the squinting man's name) never did anything except soak in our bar parlour, and go for great walks by himself in the flat, grey country all round.
Play us no monkey tricks, set for us no foxes' snares, for before your brains of mud have thought of them we shall know and avenge.
A feature of this was the "singerie", the French term for "monkey trick", which originated from the murals by the French designer, Jean Berain (1640-1711).
"We telling you that what have transpired in Addis Ababa in the last IGAD Summit is an old monkey trick and a wrong scene.
I always thought feet picking was a monkey trick. Whatever next?
GORILLAS - DESIGNED = LINGERIE (a singerie is a monkey trick)
One side of the ruling party whose lieutenants are suspected to have dipped their sticky fingers into the sugar jars have resorted to blackmail and monkey tricks. Theirs is not mere chest-thumping.
'Ha, ha, ha!' laughed the two great philosophers and I laughed with them, 'Don't take them seriously Bob!' they both said together, 'It's when you take them seriously that they get away with their monkey tricks..!'
The weigh-ins enable keepers to spot evidence of monkey tricks at mealtimes when Deju and Rio receive their daily rations.