hanky-panky


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hanky-panky

1. Sexual activity, especially when considered inappropriate or done in secret. It's an open secret in the office that a lot of hanky-panky goes on in the storage facility.
2. Devious, deceitful, or suspicious activity. Regulators suspected some hanky-panky going on between the governor's office and the retail developers.

hanky-panky

(ˈhæŋkiˈpæŋki)
1. n. funny business; deceitfulness. There’s some hanky-panky going on in the treasurer’s office.
2. n. sexual play; sexual misconduct. (see also mifky-pifky (in the bushes).) There’s some hanky-panky going on in the storeroom.
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On Wednesday, "(http://www.today.com/popculture/jenna-bush-hager-im-fiercely-protective-sasha-malia-obama-1D80336586) Watch What Happens Live ," former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager claimed that she too, had participate in some "hanky-panky" at the White house while her father, was still in office.
It speaks to a particular sense of injustice: Somebody is succeeding while you remain a failure ergo there must be hanky-panky afoot.
Yes, he argued, the ghosts are real, "trying to relive a passion through the young people," but there seems to have been no sexual hanky-panky in their past and certainly no sexual attraction on the part of the governess toward the boy, Miles, as Luc Bondy suggested in his Aix-en-Province/Wiener Festwochen production seen at last summer's Edinburgh International Festival.
Thomas White, Secretary of the Army, was an Enron vice president when all the hanky-panky was going on.
When suspicions about hanky-panky with his Parliamentary researcher jeopardised his political future, Mr Merchant similarly gripped his wife on their doorstep for a sudden snog that took her and the assembled hacks equally by surprise.
That's the clear message of Michael Farquhar's A Treasury of Royal Scandals (2001), a compendium of two millennia of hanky-panky among the highly placed.
But the other two shepherds--summoned to grace along with the first and equally enveloped in unearthly light--are intent only on their own hanky-panky. If deafening choirs in the sky cannot catch their attention, there is small hope.
Either the Embassy received the information at a very late stage, or there is hanky-panky going on, with insiders only being welcomed in the bidding;
But long before the movie's blithe Oedipal scenario was liquidated by the tawdry details of Oval Office hanky-panky, Hollywood anticipated the second Clinton administration with three movies depicting the White House as a crime scene.
So a little hanky-panky, a little lying and a little deceit is no big deal; it's merely the price Americans have to pay.
One way to avoid the multi-grain hanky-panky is to look for a bread with the words "whole wheat" in its name.
Their No.1 punter in 1975 was Jimmy Connors (above), who backed himself to win every round, and their No.1 critic was Arthur Ashe, who said: "If betting comes in and spreads, the opportunity for a little hanky-panky would be limitless," immediately becoming the first man in history to vote against limitless hanky-panky.
GOSSIP writers have used the phrase "Ugandan discussions" to mean hanky-panky ever since a girl emerged from a bedroom at a party with an African bloke and claimed they'd discussed Uganda.
"I have seen the future - and it's partner sharing." Thus said broadcaster Mariella Frostrup, who "borrowed" a friend's boyfriend to go on holiday with after her own husband was forced to pull out because of work commitments - and she has since insisted that hanky-panky was never on the menu."