monkey tricks

monkey tricks

pl n
informal mischievous behaviour or acts, such as practical jokes
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"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.
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.
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.
Parkour enthusiasts are often referred to as "traceurs" in street lingo and in Sanki's case, people refer to him as a man performing "monkey tricks".
For the next 10 we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren.
"For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span." The monkey said: "Monkey tricks for twenty years?
pounds 16,000 of taxpayers' money to clean up the mess created by their latest monkey tricks.