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monkey business

noun

Simple Definition of monkey business

  • : playful tricks or jokes

  • : illegal or improper activity or behavior

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of monkey business

  1. :  shenanigan 2 <didn't try any monkey business when the boss was away>

Examples of monkey business in a sentence

  1. Our teacher warned us not to try any monkey business while she was out of the room.

  2. <the new nanny will not tolerate such monkey business from her charges>



1835

First Known Use of monkey business

1835


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