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An intuition or premonition about something; a sense of foreknowledge about a situation, condition, or set of circumstances. I have a funny feeling that this meeting isn't going to end in our favor. I have this funny feeling that I've met this person before. I'm worried about our relationship. I got this funny feeling when I was talking to her last night.
cut the funny stuff
To stop joking or fooling around and be serious. (Said as an imperative.) The boss told us to cut the funny stuff and get ready for the meeting. All right kids, cut the funny stuff and open your books to page 53.
quit the funny stuff
To stop joking or fooling around and be serious. (Said as an imperative.) The boss told us to quit the funny stuff and get ready for the meeting. All right kids, quit the funny stuff and open your books to page 53.
1. The section of a newspaper containing comic strips. The junk in the politics section is almost as silly as the stuff in the funnies.
2. Comic strips, especially those printed in a newspaper. Though he had a Masters in Fine Art, he paid his bills by drawing funnies for the local paper.
1. Foolish, unruly, and/or mischievous behavior. Knock off the funny stuff, the boss will be here any minute!
2. Irregular, unusual activity, often illegal or illicit in manner or scope. I suspect there's some funny stuff going on with that company's accounts.
tickle (someone's) funny bone
To make someone laugh; to be humorous or amusing to someone. There's this silly statue on campus that never fails to tickle my funny bone when I walk past it. David has such wit that he can tickle the funny bone of anyone he meets.
Cut the comedy!and Cut the funny stuff!; Cut the shit!
Stop acting silly and telling jokes!; Be serious! (Use shit with caution, as it is considered vulgar.) John: All right, you guys! Cut the comedy and get to work! Bill: Can't we ever have any fun? John: No. Bill: Come on, Mary, let's throw Tom in the pool! Mary: Yeah, let's drag him over and give him a good dunking! Tom: Okay, you clowns, cut the funny stuff! I'll throw both of you in!
See also: cut
*funny as a barrel of monkeys
Cliché very funny. (*Also: as ~.) Ron was as funny as a barrel of monkeys. The entire evening was funny as a barrel of monkeys.
*funny as a crutch
not funny at all. (Sarcastic. *Also: as ~.) Your trick is about as funny as a crutch. Nobody thought it was funny. The lame joke Ron told was as funny as a crutch, and we all yawned.
funny boneand crazy bone
a spot near the elbow bone that is very sensitive to the touch. Ouch, I hit my funny bone. Effie bumped her crazy bone and made a horrendous face.
amusing; comical. (As opposed to funny peculiar.) I didn't mean that Mrs. Peters is funny ha-ha. She's weird—funny peculiar in fact. Mike thinks his jokes are funny ha-ha, but we laugh because they are so silly.
1. Sl. counterfeit money. The bank teller spotted the funny money in the man's deposit almost immediately.
2. Fig. temporary or substitute money, good only in certain places. What am I going to do with all this funny money when I leave here? It's no good anywhere else.
3. Fig. foreign currency. (Jocular.) We had better buy some gifts and get rid of some of this funny money before our flight.
odd; eccentric. (As opposed to funny ha-ha.) I didn't mean that Mrs. Peters is funny ha-ha. She's weird—funny peculiar in fact. His face is sort of funny—funny peculiar, that is.
monkey businessand funny business
silliness; dishonest tricks. That's enough monkey business. Now, settle down. Stop the funny business. This is serious!
rich man's joke is always funny
Prov. Everyone wants to curry favor with rich people and so will always laugh at their jokes. (From a poem by Thomas Edward Brown.) We all thought that Mr. Lisle was a narrow-minded, unpleasant old man, but we were careful to act otherwise, because he was wealthy. A rich man's joke is always funny.
strike someone funny
Fig. to seem funny to someone. Sally has a great sense of humor. Everything she says strikes me funny. Why are you laughing? Did something I said strike you funny?
That is strange or peculiar. Bill: Tom just called from Detroit and says he's coming back tomorrow. Mary: That's funny. He's not supposed to. Sue: The sky is turning very gray. Mary: That's funny. There's no bad weather forecast.
*too funny for words
extremely funny. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) Tom is usually too funny for words at parties. The joke Tom told was really too funny for words.
the funny thing is(spoken)
what I am about to say is really strange But the funny thing is, I still love my job, because I still feel I am doing something important. And the funny thing is, the guy spending the least money on TV ads is the one who's ahead in the opinion polls.
be more fun than a barrel of monkeys(American) also be as funny as a barrel of monkeys (American)
to be very funny or enjoyable Their show was one of the funniest I've ever seen - more fun than a barrel of monkeys!
a funny farm(humorous)
a hospital for people who are mentally ill
Usage notes: This expression may be offensive in some situations.If things get much worse they'll be carrying me off to the funny farm.
dishonest or unpleasant actions If you try any funny business you'll be sorry.
money that has been printed by criminals, or which has come from dishonest activities He was caught passing funny money through the business.See be more fun than a barrel of monkeys
monkey business(slightly informal)
silly behaviour or dishonest behaviour So what kind of monkey business have you kids been up to while I was out? The tax inspectors discovered that there had been some monkey business with the accounts.
1. A point on the elbow where the ulnar nerve runs close to the surface and produces a sharp tingling sensation when knocked against the bone. For example, Ouch! I just banged my funny bone. The expression is a pun on humerus (pronounced the same as humorous), the Latin name for the long bone of the arm. [Early 1800s]
2. A sense of humor, as in That comedian really tickles my funny bone. This expression is derived from def. 1.
Deceit, treachery, unethical conduct. For example, We suspect their outfit has been up to some funny business. [Colloquial; c. 1880]
Counterfeit money; also, money from an obscure or questionable source. For example, The police warned storekeepers that some funny money was being passed around town. This expression probably endures because of its rhyme. [1930s]
Silly, mischievous, or deceitful conduct, as in The teacher told the children to cut out the monkey business and get to work, or I don't trust that lawyer-there's some monkey business going on. This expression transfers the tricks of monkeys to human behavior. [Late 1800s]
Cut the comedy!
exclam. Get serious!; Stop acting silly! That’s enough, you guys. Cut the comedy!
See also: cut
n. an insane asylum; a psychiatric hospital. He’s really weird. They’re going to send him to the funny farm.
1. n. counterfeit money. The bank teller spotted the funny money in the man’s deposit almost immediately.
2. n. military script; temporary or substitute money, good only in certain places. What am I going to do with all this funny money when I leave here? It’s no good anywhere else.
3. n. foreign currency. (Jocular.) We had better buy some gifts and get rid of some of this funny money before our flight.
monkey businessand funny business
n. silliness; dishonest tricks. That’s enough monkey business. Now, settle down. Stop the funny business and get to work!
See monkey business
See you in the funny pagesand SYITFP
sent. & comp. abb. I will see you around. (see also See you in church.) Bye, Tom. SYITFP.