have (one's) monkey up

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have (one's) monkey up

To be angry. I hope you don't have your monkey up—I wasn't trying to insult you. I have my monkey up because of this whole situation—it's amazing that I haven't screamed at the whole staff today.
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have (or get) your monkey up

be angry.
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In Robinson, the effeminate male is designated the "shadow of mankind." She writes: "let me ask these human despots, whether a woman, of strong mental and corporeal powers, is born to yield obedience, merely because she is a woman, to those shadows of mankind who exhibit the effeminacy of women, united with the mischievous foolery of monkies? I remember once, to have heard one of those modern Hannibals confess, that he had changed his regiments three times, because the regimentals were unbecoming!" (5).
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Against the view that it was wrong to try white men for the death of creatures considered little more than "monkies," Dunlop describes the Aborigines as a noble people with a distinct culture and strong family ties.
Too often their ideas have seemed more like unsubstantiated propaganda or what Hume described as `the playsome whimsies of monkies in human shape' than `the serious...asseverations of a being, who dignifies himself with the name of rational'.
Monkies are the current Cup holders and are looking to retain this trophy for a fourth consecutive year - but it will not be easy for them.