monkey business

noun

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

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
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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of monkey business was in 1835

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“Monkey business.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monkey%20business. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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