Definition of funny business in English:

funny business

noun

mass noun
  • Deceptive, disobedient, or lecherous behaviour.

    ‘they sent a big strong farmer's lad to make sure there was 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.’
    • ‘Could it be the administration's penchant for numeric funny business?’
    • ‘George said that after last year they've learnt a thing or two to stop any 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.’
    • ‘Of course, none of this rules out some kind of funny business somewhere along the line.’
    • ‘‘Just a friendly meal,’ Gwen held up her hands, ‘no funny business, I swear.’’
    • ‘Not that getting 100 per cent accuracy with the electoral rolls does much to hinder funny business at the polling booth.’
    • ‘And I can assure you that despite what it looks like, there's no 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.’
    • ‘. 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?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We shouldn't have to go through all this funny business.’
    • ‘There's some funny business going on in your love life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ministers such as Susan Deacon, at health, will be watching carefully in case he tries any funny business with their departmental contingency funds.’
    • ‘He, for one, is sure there were will be no funny business.’
    • ‘Two ellipses in three sentences should stand as a warning to the reader that there's funny business going on here.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    deceit, deception, duplicity, lying, falseness, falsity, falsehood, untruthfulness
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