monkey business


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monkey business

n. Slang
Silly, mischievous, or deceitful acts or behavior.

monkey business

n
informal mischievous, suspect, dishonest, or meddlesome behaviour or acts

mon′key busi`ness


n.
1. frivolous or mischievous behavior.
2. improper or underhanded conduct; trickery.
[1880–85, Amer.]

monkey business

- A transfer of the tricks of monkeys to human behavior.
See also related terms for monkeys.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monkey business - mischievous or deceitful behaviormonkey business - mischievous or deceitful behavior  
mischief, mischief-making, devilment, roguery, shenanigan, roguishness, devilry, deviltry, mischievousness, rascality - reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others

monkey business

noun
1. mischief, carry-on (informal, chiefly Brit.), clowning, pranks, shenanigans (informal), skylarking (informal), horseplay, tomfoolery, monkey tricks In bed by nine, and no monkey business.
2. dishonesty, trickery, skulduggery (informal), chicanery, hanky-panky (informal), funny business cold-blooded expertise and political monkey business
Translations
أحْداث مُؤسِفَه أو غَيْر قانونِيَّه
lumpárnašvindl
snyderi
gyanús ügy
prakkarastrik; klækir
čertovina
dolandırıcılıkdüzenbazlık

monkey business

n monkey tricks npl (fam) → scherzi mpl

monkey

(ˈmaŋki) noun
1. an animal of the type most like man, especially those which are small and have long tails (ie not the apes).
2. a mischievous child. Their son is a little monkey.
verb
(especially with with) to meddle or interfere. Who's been monkeying (about) with the television set?
monkey business
mishievous or illegal happenings etc.
monkey nutpeanut
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