Definition of monkey business in English:

monkey business


  • [mass noun] Mischievous or deceitful behaviour.

    ‘she wasn't going to have any monkey business where the reputation of her only daughter was concerned’
    • ‘A quick glance at last week's papers reveals that it's monkey business as usual on Wall Street.’
    • ‘I felt that it would have left things open to what Dan called monkey business.’
    • ‘Both Max and a persuasive emailer with firsthand knowledge have convinced me that there was no monkey business with the economic assumptions.’
    • ‘There have been no allegations of monkey business at City Hall since Miller has been mayor and that's good.’
    • ‘That's right I'm a social deviant, I was born with a special talent for monkey business.’
    • ‘Now go take a shower, and no more monkey business or you'll be late for school, she says grumpily.’
    • ‘Much more of this monkey business and every riot in every corner of a foreign land will be blamed on provocation by racist locals.’
    • ‘Both allege market monkey business by packers who use captive supplies.’
    • ‘Was there any suspicion of monkey business in the fire?’
    • ‘I had to assure her there was no monkey business going on.’
    • ‘After the boy gets booted out of the house, I reassure Dad it was a totally innocent peck and that there was no monkey business going on.’
    • ‘He now looks back on his past monkey business with a keen sense of revisionism.’
    • ‘What monkey business are you two doing in the middle of the hallway?’
    • ‘You can easily arrange to have whatever files you want turned over in case there's any monkey business.’
    • ‘When you look at these pictures, you know there was no monkey business, and that I was not sneaking around trying to steal pictures of people.’
    • ‘There doesn't seem to be any monkey business here.’
    • ‘It seems that 2003 is off to a good start as, this week, DJs big and small will provide many a chance for tomfoolery and monkey business.’
    • ‘I think that when you have the television screens in the courtroom, less monkey business goes on.’
    • ‘There is some serious monkey business going on here.’
    • ‘But you're a different story, you can keep an eye out that the three of them don't get up to any monkey business.’
    mischief, misbehaviour, mischievousness, devilry, devilment, rascality, tomfoolery
    dishonesty, trickery, misconduct, misdemeanour, chicanery, skulduggery
    shenanigans, funny business, hanky-panky, goings-on
    monkey tricks, carry-on, carryings-on, jiggery-pokery
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monkey business