monkey business

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - monkey business

"monkey business"

silly behavior


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - monkey business

"monkey business"

dishonest or deceitful behavior


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - monkey business

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I sure like these relaxed Friday afternoons where we get to play around a little. Who knew it could be so much fun to photocopy various body parts.

Colleague 2:  Sure, a little monkey business on a Friday afternoon is good for morale.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - monkey business

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Who are those guys over there?

Colleague 2:  They are from the government tax department.

Colleague 1:  Do you think the company directors have been doing monkey business with the accounts?

Colleague 2:  Why else would the tax department come if not on the suspicion of tax evasion or cheating?

monkey business - Usage:


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monkey business - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for monkey business.

monkey business - Examples:

1)  The juror claimed there had been forbidden monkey business during deliberations.

2)  ... the only business they're doing is monkey business. They're avoiding paying the taxes that they owe.

3)  ... if you have an earthquake, you cant just then do some monkey business and pass it a lame-duck session, a major piece of legislation.

4)  Their infamous "monkey business" photos sank Senator Gary Hart's presidential ambitions.

5)  ... and my dad yelled at my brothers to cut out the monkey business, ...

6)  Diebold machines monitor only the total number of people voting-which the tampering doesn't alter-the monkey business could go undetected.

7)  It won't guarantee no monkey business, but it will minimize the opportunity.

8)  ... there's so many baskets in basketball that there's no time for monkey business on the court, ...

9)  Just as smoothly, Dana switches from monkey business to bottom-line business.

10)  ... did a major investigation on how Democrats stole a state Senate election doing monkey business with absentee ballots.

11)  ... this manifestation of a proper respect for the nations head, this monkey business, has no decent place in American life and American politics?

12)  There is no monkey business. Every shot has a purpose.

13)  ... the value of a mutual fund isn't going to change overnight, despite whatever monkey business might have been going on at a fund company.

14)  But he says there is too much monkey business going on right now, so MacArthur will not give them official recognition.

15)  I don't follow all the monkey business political shenanigans that go on in London.

16)  ... out there asking peanuts for a web site; but we believe you'll get monkey business as a result. 

17)  My office is right across that hall. Any monkey business is ill-advised. Any questions?

18)  ... at work actually makes us more productive, so we take part in plenty of monkey business. # We have volunteer days, field trips, French Toast Fridays, ...

19)  The last thing a lawyer should want his client to do is engage in monkey business.

20)  She has no plans for monkey business and wasting public money.