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monkey business

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

n
informal mischievous, suspect, dishonest, or meddlesome behaviour or acts
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mon′key busi`ness


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

- A transfer of the tricks of monkeys to human behavior.
See also related terms for monkeys.
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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
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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
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Translations
أحْداث مُؤسِفَه أو غَيْر قانونِيَّه
lumpárnašvindl
snyderi
gyanús ügy
prakkarastrik; klækir
čertovina
dolandırıcılıkdüzenbazlık

monkey business

n monkey tricks npl (fam) → scherzi mpl
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
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