Meanwhile, What Kind of hanky-panky Is Going on Over at the Department of Health and Human Services?
Those who are fasting must abstain from eating, drinking (even water), smoking, and hanky-panky of any sorts.
I remember being shocked not by the explicit carnality but by the confusion and hanky-panky, and the unhappiness.
also hanky panky, 1841, "trickery," British slang, possibly a variant of hoky-poky "deception, fraud," altered from hocus-pocus.
Anything dishonest, deceptive, or unethical; esp, in recent use, sexual infidelity; monkey business: She seems just to be along for some hanky-panky with her pal, General Von Griem/ can be an assurance against clandestine wrongdoing and political hanky-panky (1841+)