A Thoughtful Guide to Words About Nonsense

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Definition:

: pranks; mischievous or questionable tricks or pranks; monkey business

Example:

"NBC halts Olympics for promotional monkeyshines" – headline, Times Free Press.com (Chattanooga, TN), August 13, 2012

About the Word:

It's easy to see the playful monkey in monkeyshines, but what about shine? That word can also mean "a stupid trick" or "a silly caper" – and is usually used in the plural form when it does.

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