Definition of funny business in English:

funny business


mass noun
  • Deceptive, disobedient, or lecherous behaviour.

    ‘they sent a big strong farmer's lad to make sure there was no funny business’
    • ‘And I can assure you that despite what it looks like, there's no funny business going on.’
    • ‘Ministers such as Susan Deacon, at health, will be watching carefully in case he tries any funny business with their departmental contingency funds.’
    • ‘We shouldn't have to go through all this funny business.’
    • ‘This actually makes for some funny business, what with all the snapping in out of trances and hypnotized declarations of love that follow.’
    • ‘Well, I'll tell you this - any time there's a pregnant Marie in a Christmas story, you know there's some funny business going on.’
    • ‘Be careful though: insider ownership is a double edged sword as executives may get involved in some funny business to increase artificially the stock's price and then quickly sell out the personal holdings for a profit.’
    • ‘Two ellipses in three sentences should stand as a warning to the reader that there's funny business going on here.’
    • ‘Of course, none of this rules out some kind of funny business somewhere along the line.’
    • ‘Not that getting 100 per cent accuracy with the electoral rolls does much to hinder funny business at the polling booth.’
    • ‘These ongoing investigations of apparently quite real funny business opened the way for anyone to stir the pot, and Letelier's political enemies seem to have made the most of it.’
    • ‘George said that after last year they've learnt a thing or two to stop any funny business.’
    • ‘How big a hand, and whether that legislation enabled the secret funny business that led to the company's collapse, may emerge in one of the many investigations under way.’
    • ‘Anyway, Letterman has always had a telephone on his desk, so he had the chance to do some funny business moving the phone far away from Crowe.’
    • ‘. Obviously the last one was just me, her question was no doubt ‘How many bones is it allowable to break in his hand if he tries any funny business?’’
    • ‘There's some funny business going on in your love life.’
    • ‘‘Just a friendly meal,’ Gwen held up her hands, ‘no funny business, I swear.’’
    • ‘We're all waiting to see the results of the audit on the vote count, and whether funny business is going on in Mosul or not.’
    • ‘Could it be the administration's penchant for numeric funny business?’
    • ‘He, for one, is sure there were will be no funny business.’
    • ‘And let's not be in any doubt I'll stop the whole tour with an injunction if there's any funny business about royalties.’
    deceit, deception, duplicity, lying, falseness, falsity, falsehood, untruthfulness
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