monkey business

noun

Definition of monkey business

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

Examples of monkey business in a Sentence

  1. Our teacher warned us not to try any monkey business while she was out of the room.

  2. the new nanny will not tolerate such monkey business from her charges

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First Known Use of monkey business

1835

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MONKEY BUSINESS Defined for English Language Learners

monkey business

Definition of monkey business for English Language Learners

  • : playful tricks or jokes

  • : illegal or improper activity or behavior


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