monkey business

noun

Definition of monkey business 

: shenanigan sense 2 didn't try any monkey business when the boss was away

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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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In recent years, the tiny town of Borja has seen a tourism boom after the fresco monkey business gained worldwide attention. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Restorationist Botches 16th-Century Spanish Statue of Saint," 28 June 2018 Caps for Sale’: Adapted from the classic tale, this story goes behind the scenes to weave the tale of a cap peddler’s life, some monkeys and their monkey business. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An escape room for kids, Valentine's Day and Black History Month among the activities this week in Milwaukee area," 4 Feb. 2018 Not for monkey business, not for contributions, not for influence, not for power, not for anything. CBS News, "Arizona House votes to expel member over sexual harassment complaints," 1 Feb. 2018 By Elaina Zachos PUBLISHED December 16, 2017 There's some unusual monkey business happening on an island in Japan. Noëlle Gunst, National Geographic, "Female Monkeys Seen Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer," 16 Dec. 2017 His films are notoriously austere: no voice-over commentary, no talking-head interviews, no music score, no animation or reenactments or other monkey business; just silent, steady observation. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "In Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris, the public library is still a laboratory of democracy," 5 Oct. 2017 His films are notoriously austere: no voice-over commentary, no talking-head interviews, no music score, no animation or reenactments or other monkey business J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "In Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris, the public library is still a laboratory of democracy," 5 Oct. 2017 Entertainment litigator James Sammataro explains why non-human creation shouldn't be dismissed as merely monkey business. James Sammataro, Billboard, "Artificial Intelligence Ushers in the Era of Music Moneyball (Guest Column)," 12 Sep. 2017

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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monkey business

noun

English Language Learners Definition of monkey business

: playful tricks or jokes

: illegal or improper activity or behavior

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