monkey business


Definition of monkey business

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

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Examples of monkey business in a Sentence

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
Recent Examples on the Web Restaurants and companies including Gold Star Chili, Wardway Fuels, Java Jackets Coffee House and Ivory House all were among those getting into the spirit of monkey business on Facebook. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, "Cemetery: Reports of monkeys followed by dancing in a monkey suit...really," 10 Apr. 2021 Authorities in Cincinnati spent Thursday caught up in monkey business. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Search comes up empty after monkey sightings reported in Cincinnati," 9 Apr. 2021 Gathering animals ahead of a hurricane, though, can be difficult and lead to some monkey business. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Hurricane Facts: What happens to zoo animals during a hurricane?," 8 Mar. 2021 In the film, Marion and Mank take a stroll through the grounds of Hearst's a 168,000 acre ranch in San Simeon, California, partaking in some monkey business with some very real monkeys. Shannon Carlin,, "The Real Stories Behind Mank Are Stranger Than Fiction," 7 Dec. 2020 On smooth road, the monkey business turns mountain-gorilla serious. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Comparison Test: 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo Takes On the Best Sports Cars of the Early 1990s," 12 May 2020 Three baboons got up to some monkey business on Tuesday much to the entertainment of Sydney residents who spotted the troop on their escapades and Twitter users who followed the action online. Melissa Locker, Time, "Today in Monkey Business, Let's Follow the Escapades of This Trio of Baboons Who Escaped," 25 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of monkey business

1835, in the meaning defined above

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19 Apr 2021

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“Monkey business.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of monkey business

: playful tricks or jokes
: illegal or improper activity or behavior

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