hanky-panky

noun
han·​ky-pan·​ky | \ˌhaŋ-kē-ˈpaŋ-kē \

Definition of hanky-panky 

1 : questionable or underhanded activity

2 : sexual dalliance

First Known Use of hanky-panky

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hanky-panky

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English Language Learners Definition of hanky-panky

: sexual activity

: dishonest or suspicious activity

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