monkey business


Definition of monkey business

: 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
Recent Examples on the Web Things get pretty hairy around the Zoo switchboard where monkey business is the order of the day... San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Apr. 2022 Monkeys who escaped after truck crash all accounted for No more monkey business. Editors, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2022 Whenever Doctor Strange shows up in a Marvel movie, audiences ought to be prepared for some magical monkey business — the kind of rule-bending that essentially makes anything possible. Peter Debruge, Variety, 13 Dec. 2021 The College Football Playoff folks are meeting again on Wednesday to discuss, among other things, all of this monkey business in Texas. Joseph Goodman |, al, 3 Nov. 2021 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, 10 Apr. 2021 Authorities in Cincinnati spent Thursday caught up in monkey business. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 9 Apr. 2021 Gathering animals ahead of a hurricane, though, can be difficult and lead to some monkey business. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 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,, 7 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of monkey business

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Monkey business.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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