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simian, primate, ape
2‘where have you been, you little monkey!’
rascal, imp, wretch, mischief-maker, devil, rogue
informal scamp, scallywag, horror, tyke, monster
British informal perisher
North American informal varmint, hellion
informal, dated rip
British informal, dated pickle
archaic scapegrace, rapscallion
make someone look a fool, make someone look foolish, make a fool of, make a laughing stock of, ridicule, deride, make fun of, poke fun at
set someone up, play a trick on
‘we were just monkeying around upstairs’
fool about, fool around, play about, play around, clown about, clown around, fiddle-faddle, footle about, footle around
mess about, mess around, horse about, horse around, lark, lark about, lark around, screw around, puddle about, puddle around
muck about, muck around, fanny about, fanny around
piss about, piss around, arse about, arse around, bugger about, bugger around
‘don't monkey with that lock’
tamper with, fiddle with, interfere with, meddle with, tinker with, handle without permission, touch without permission, play with, fool with, trifle with
mess with, dick around with
muck about with, muck around with
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