Definition of monkeyshine in English:

monkeyshine

noun

US, North American
informal
  • A trick, prank, antic; a ruse, wile. Chiefly in plural, especially in "to cut (up) monkeyshines".

Origin

Mid 19th century. From monkey + shine.

Pronunciation

monkeyshine

/ˈmʌŋkɪʃʌɪn/