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funny business

noun, Informal.
1.
improper or unethical conduct, as deception or trickery:
He won't stand for any funny business here.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism
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Examples for funny business
  • He put lawyers, jurors and the media on notice from the start that there would be no funny business.
  • While we've heard bone bruise and other rumors, the lack of a clear diagnosis means funny business.
  • Any divergence that shows up sets off alarm bells in those looking for funny business.
  • Still, there seems to have been some funny business.
  • She's one of my heroes, and lately there are some signs of funny business concerning the legal case against her attackers.
  • It's certainly a funny business, this failure to find him.
  • The art of comedy is, literally and figuratively, a funny business.
  • The play is full of funny business, and the sing ing is especially enjoyable.
Contemporary definitions for funny business
noun

deceptive, underhanded behavior

noun

foolish behavior; shenanigans

noun

amorous behavior; sexual intercourse

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Slang definitions & phrases for funny business

funny business

Related Terms

monkey business


monkey business

noun phrase
  1. Frivolous pranks; japes and jests, etc: He was full of monkey business, the clown
  2. Dubious and dishonest stratagems; trickiness: Show these kids that you're going to stand for no monkey business (1883+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with funny business
Deceit, treachery, unethical conduct. For example, We suspect their outfit has been up to some funny business. [ ; c. 1880 ]
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