make a monkey out of

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make a monkey out of

informal
:to cause (someone) to look very foolish :to make a fool out of (someone)
  • I'm not going to let that salesman make a monkey out of me!

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

monkey play
  1. : a nonhuman primate mammal with the exception usually of the lemurs and tarsiers

  2. : a person resembling a monkey

  3. : a ludicrous figure : dupe

  1. : mimic, mock

  2. : to act in a grotesque or mischievous manner

  3. : fool, trifle

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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