monkey business noun
: playful tricks or jokes
: illegal or improper activity or behavior
: shenanigan 2 <didn't try any monkey business when the boss was away>
Examples of MONKEY BUSINESS
- Our teacher warned us not to try any monkey business while she was out of the room.
- <the new nanny will not tolerate such monkey business from her charges>
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Related to MONKEY BUSINESS
- buffoonery, clownery, clowning, foolery, high jinks (also hijinks), horsing around, horseplay, monkeying, monkeyshine(s), roughhouse, roughhousing, shenanigan(s), skylarking, slapstick, tomfoolery
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