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.]
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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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References in classic literature ?
If you play any hanky-panky tricks - look here, Da Souza, I'll kill you, sure!
Given that humans have been into hanky-panky since the word go, and proper birth control has only been available for just a couple of generations (and even then there was the recent tale of the father of three sons who found out that none of them was his anyway), then you can see where I'm coming from.
"I suspect foul play here and would investigate completely once I am back inside." "Why do I think this is not a mere accident and, in fact, the result of some nefarious hanky-panky," he asked rhetorically.
He added that the deal had happened in the past and that the MACC had looked into the case but did not find enough evidence on whether there was 'some hanky-panky' in the deal.
PL would go out on 'dates' for a fee, but there is strictly no hanky-panky involved.
"Strictly, I was just so focused on doing well that I didn't have time for the hanky-panky and the nonsense that goes on.
But if they are doing hanky-panky, they will have a problem with us,' the Customs chief said.
The former camp staff return for a weekend of hT(J aFB high jinks and hanky-panky. The camp's director Beth JANEANE GAROFALO) announces she's selling Firewood.
And Trump didn't get the answer he wanted when May told him she didn't have any fit pals that were up for a bit of hanky-panky.
Now he's walked out on second wife, Gaynor Knowles, saying there's no one else involved - although for a man with his record for hanky-panky and who's admitted to a morbid fear of being alone, that's hard to believe.
In the space of a fortnight we've learned her dad pulled someone at her wedding, she always nabs the dry patch after hanky-panky and Joe Swash lost his virginity in her bathroom.
There is no hanky-panky here and we will not allow and do such anomaly," said Fernando.