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then I'm a monkey's uncle
An expression of utter disbelief or incredulity. Used after a conditional phrase. A: "Tom claims he's descended from Napoleon Bonaparte." B: "Ha, yeah right. If that's true, then I'm a monkey's uncle!"
See also: uncle
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monkey's uncle, I'll be/am a
An expression of surprise or disbelief. Why that particular animal was chosen is no longer known, and indeed the cliché, which dates from the early 1900s, is heard less often today. Eric V. Lustbader used it in White Ninja (1990): “If this doesn’t turn out to be a suicide, I am a monkey’s uncle.”
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