monkey shines

monkeyshine

[muhng-kee-shahyn]
noun
Usually, monkeyshines. a frivolous or mischievous prank; monkey business.

Origin:
1820–30; monkey + shine

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monkey tricks or (US) monkey shines
 
pl n
informal mischievous behaviour or acts, such as practical jokes
 
monkey shines or (US) monkey shines
 
pl n

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