monkeyshines


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monkeyshines

Playful or mischievous pranks, tricks, or capers; tomfoolery. The monkeyshines of the two children went from humorous to annoying to downright infuriating over the course of the school year. Don't get so worked up about it, Tom—those are just the monkeyshines of a curious toddler!

monkeyshines

n. tricks; small acts of mischief. These kids are a lot of fun despite their monkeyshines.
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I came to college to learn something, to get an education with my head, and not monkeyshines with my arms and legs" (Yezierska 1999, 216).
Wirt Elizabeth Thompson, an eye-opener incomparable to anything I had written about before, including the scam of federal deposit insurance, the monkeyshines at the World Bank, and other unconstitutional and unaccountable quasi-federal agencies.
24) The Nation wrote that Rolph's style suggested the "glamour, the professional geniality, and the circus monkeyshines of modern royalty.
Murphy's script never advances past that none-too-compelling setup; despite some agreeably quirky odds and ends and some potentially rich characters, it's satisfied to be a series of monkeyshines in which Albert tries to stay one step ahead of the opportunists--a task certainly easy enough for the audience.
To the extent that the monkeyshines depend on the check coming into the defaulter's hands, an effective stop-gap can usually be interposed if a procedural rule of internal control were observed whereby checks are released for mailing directly from the office of the signing individual.
Under the complex formula written into Gann's new piece of monkeyshines, more and more of that highway money would come directly out of funds otherwise available for schools, welfare and hospitals.
He excelled at journalism, from a point of view mostly liberal but contemptuous of political correctness, writing celebrated pieces, some of them many miles long, on such subjects as the Illinois State Fair, television and American fiction, the film-maker David Lynch's obsession with evil, a week misspent on a Caribbean cruise ship, the pornography industry, the social implications of prescriptive as against descriptive grammar and usage, the inability of great athletes to describe their physical genius, John McCain's extraordinary heroism in Vietnam and his conduct on the 2000 campaign trail, conservative talk radio, Dostoevsky's seriousness as antidote to postmodernist monkeyshines, and the ambivalence of a man who enjoys the taste of animal flesh toward boiling lobsters alive.
What's left are basically some very shopworn monkeyshines (on behalf of both the chimp and Woods, who can be quite hilarious trying to hide his clipped, nasally whine behind a Bratwurst accent) more than reminiscent of the recent series of "MVP" movies.
Garry Shandling stars as a sex-obsessed gorilla in the sci-fi monkeyshines.