to monkey about

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - monkey about

"to monkey about"

to spend time idly;

to do random unplanned work or activities


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - monkey about

"to monkey about"

to (mis)​behave in a ​humorous way in ​order to make other ​people ​laugh


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - monkey about

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: What are you going to do after practice?

Friend 2: I'm going to stay a while and just monkey about a little?

Friend 1: Are you going to do drills or practice set plays?

Friend 2:  No. I just want to relax and toss the ball around.


Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - monkey about

Two teachers are talking ...

Teacher 1:   Some days I think that I will go crazy.

Teacher 2:  Tough class?

Teacher 1:   It is just one student who keeps monkeying about in class.

Teacher 2:  The student plays and jokes and makes the whole class laugh and then it's hard to get everyone settled down again?

Teacher 1:  Ya, that's it.


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to monkey about - Gerund Form:

Monkeying about the house all day can be very relaxing.

Monkeying about in class can get you into trouble.

to monkey about - Examples:

1)  ... my hubby turned left and started to walk up the hill passing children monkeying about playing (very entertaining) ...

2)  With all the 'monkeying about' that can go on in the playground or even in the office it ...

3)  ... it is not a Constitutional power and so this kind of monkeying about gets exactly what you've got here; somebody from long distance that thinks ...

4)  ... their little son is seen to be monkeying about as the anxious parents, appear, to wait below ...

5)  ... enjoy or treasure from the walk, even if it is just a bit of monkeying about as we usually seem to do! Glad to hear about your spontaneous moment ...

6)  ... and quietly observe two very playful, mischievous moon bear cubs monkeying about.

7)  So stop monkeying about, and learn typing now!

8)  But with more room for manual monkeying about, the easier it becomes to play with the data.

9)  and the one for which it brooks no monkeying about by the wireless carriers who usually sell them.

10)  ... maybe because he was always monkeying about, dancing, or running to us with captured cicadas in his little hands.

11)  People say we monkey about. Music is like that.

12)  Kids can monkey about in the jungle gym, slither down the spiraling snake slide, or become ...

13)  It was fun to watch people go crazy inside these booths as they monkey about for Kinect.

14)  She did everything she was told. She didn't monkey about and soon she caught up and overtook the rest.

15)  ... you took your kids to the park and wished that you were still able to monkey about on the playground equipment without pulling out your back?

16)  She monkeys about with everyone else because she wants their attention and has something to say about ...

17)  There is no monkeying about when you are in his lecture room.

18)  It was good enough for Lindsey to pull his bill to prevent legislative hands from monkeying about further.

19)  The saying "monkeying about" could come to mean positive work. The art produced wouldn't have ...

20)  She loves to monkey about the park having fun and doing nothing.