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monkey business

Silly or roguish behavior. If you keep up this monkey business, you're going to have detention next week, too!
See also: business, monkey

monkey business

 and funny business
silliness; dishonest tricks. That's enough monkey business. Now, settle down. Stop the funny business. This is serious!
See also: business, monkey

monkey business

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]
See also: business, monkey

monkey business

INFORMAL
If you talk about monkey business, you mean dishonest activities. We know there was a lot of monkey business with counting ballots in the previous election.
See also: business, monkey

ˈmonkey business

(informal) dishonest or silly behaviour: There’s money missing from the office and it’s not the first time it’s happened. I think there’s some monkey business going on.That’s enough monkey business. Let’s get down to more serious matters. This is a meeting, not a party.
See also: business, monkey

monkey business

and funny business
n. silliness; dishonest tricks. That’s enough monkey business. Now, settle down. Stop the funny business and get to work!
See also: business, monkey

monkey business

Tricks; underhanded goings-on. This term, which transfers the mischievous, sly actions of monkeys to human beings, began to be used in the 1880s. It may have been a replacement for monkeyshines, which originated in the United States about 1820 and meant mischievous tricks. Today we generally use “monkey business” to mean more nefarious activities.
See also: business, monkey
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