monkeyshines


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mon·key·shine

 (mŭng′kē-shīn′)
n. Slang
often monkeyshines A mischievous or playful trick; a prank: laughed at my daughter's monkeyshines.

monkeyshines

- A combination of monkey and shines, "capers, tricks."
See also related terms for tricks.
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In fact, Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution anticipated the potential for executive monkeyshines with Treasury funds, stipulating that "no money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of the receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time." But that hasn't stopped the Obama administration from using vast sums of extortion payments originating in legal settlements to finance many left-wing NGO (non-governmental organization) allies.
The monkeyshines and mischievousness, conceivably essentially taken from the author's life in rural Arkansas, bring to this reviewer's mind the accounts my Daddy shared of his growing up in rural Arkansas and then California.
(31) The Courier's Smith wrote in 1942 that "this aggregation travels around the country capitalizing on slap-stick comedy and the kind of non-sense which many white people like to believe is typical and characteristic of all Negroes." The pantomime acts belonged not on a baseball diamond, he wrote, but on "those Mississippi showboats." (32) Calling them a "fourth-rate Uncle Tom minstrel show," he objected again the next season, as well, this time to the club's "unnecessary monkeyshines." (33) Smith, Posey, and others believed that Pollock and other black baseball interlopers sought to exploit negative racial stereotypes in a trivialization of the black game, a view that in historical hindsight seems unfair.
And to blame for their woeful misfortune will solely be the western powers that led them up the garden path with their notorious trickery and monkeyshines. The Europeans were there.
By comparison, Stendhal's The Red and the Black, Balzac's Lost Illusions, and Flaubert's A Sentimental Education coat their heroes in the muck of hopelessness, while Dickens's David Copperfield, for all its genius, lapses into tear-jerking and monkeyshines. Tolstoy and Goethe have written the supreme novels of practical wisdom; but they are two different sorts of wisdom.
Curtailer of grabassing, monkeyshines, and pussy-footing-around.
They have seen the whole saga of death and destruction and had no opportunity to enjoy the monkeyshines and liveliness of their childhood or boyhood.
(18) Two words from the wizened little monkey in Berlin, and Martin Dies starts cutting monkeyshines in Congress.
So what, then, am I to make of a new book that demonstrates tangible effects of presidential rhetoric concerning the war on drugs, a book that suggests modern presidents actually lead through rhetorical "signals" rather than merely carrying on a game of monkeyshines with public opinion?