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monkeyshine

[muhng-kee-shahyn] /ˈmʌŋ kiˌʃaɪn/
noun
1.
Usually, monkeyshines. a frivolous or mischievous prank; monkey business.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; monkey + shine
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Word Origin and History for monkey-shines
n.

1832 (in the "Jim Crow" song), from Monkey + shine.

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