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monkey tricks

plural noun
(informal) mischievous behaviour or acts, such as practical jokes
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  • He does not want any of the monkey tricks they teach the children at college.

    The Imported Bridegroom Abraham Cahan
  • Those sort of monkey tricks don't bother me, I can assure you.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • Accordingly the next time they thought of playing one of their monkey tricks upon him, I determined to be present.

    Long Live the King Guy Boothby
  • But I don't want you to try any of your monkey tricks with Bananas.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • I believe that you are in earnest, and that I can trust you; but mind, there must be no monkey tricks here.

    Won by the Sword G.A. Henty
  • None of your monkey tricks or Ill forfeit the game to the New Yorks.

  • I will be able to tell this infernal little Frenchman what I think of him and his monkey tricks.

    The Adventures of Gerard Arthur Conan Doyle
  • They wanted to be there to see if Carleton “played any monkey tricks,” to quote Captain Brandt.

    Caleb West, Master Diver F. Hopkinson Smith
  • He was an inveterate punster and was always doing what Jack called "monkey tricks."

    The Four Corners in Japan Amy Ella Blanchard
  • And that other one, who did nothing but laugh and make all sorts of faces and monkey tricks at that young man!

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