Definition of monkey business in English:

monkey business


mass nouninformal
  • Mischievous or deceitful behaviour.

    ‘she wasn't going to have any monkey business where the reputation of her only daughter was concerned’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both Max and a persuasive emailer with firsthand knowledge have convinced me that there was no monkey business with the economic assumptions.’
    • ‘He now looks back on his past monkey business with a keen sense of revisionism.’
    • ‘A quick glance at last week's papers reveals that it's monkey business as usual on Wall Street.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There doesn't seem to be any monkey business here.’
    • ‘That's right I'm a social deviant, I was born with a special talent for monkey business.’
    • ‘What monkey business are you two doing in the middle of the hallway?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think that when you have the television screens in the courtroom, less monkey business goes on.’
    • ‘Was there any suspicion of monkey business in the fire?’
    • ‘You can easily arrange to have whatever files you want turned over in case there's any monkey business.’
    • ‘I had to assure her there was no monkey business going on.’
    • ‘Now go take a shower, and no more monkey business or you'll be late for school, she says grumpily.’
    • ‘There have been no allegations of monkey business at City Hall since Miller has been mayor and that's good.’
    • ‘I felt that it would have left things open to what Dan called monkey business.’
    mischief, misbehaviour, mischievousness, devilry, devilment, rascality, tomfoolery
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monkey business