(to be) up to no good

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - up to no good

"(to be) up to no good"

to be doing something wrong;

to be doing something secretively


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - up to no good

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Ellen sure has been busy this week and she won't tell anyone what she is working on.

Colleague 2:  I know. Every time I come near her desk, she minimizes the application she is working on. And when I ask her what she is working on, she just tells me that it's just her regular work.

Colleague 1:  Well, the CEO is coming for a visit next week. Ellen must be up to no good.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - up to no good

Two parents are talking ...

Mother:  Have you noticed our daughter's behavior lately?  It's the exact same behavior as when she got into drugs.

Father:  Yes. I have been worried about her. She is acting very secretively again. I wonder what she is doing this time.

Mother:  I don't know but she is definitely up to no good again.

(to be) up to no good - Usage:


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(to be) up to no good - Gerund Form:

Being up to no good, the parents were suspicious of their teenage son.

(to be) up to no good - Examples:

1)  She has a sneaking suspicion that he is up to no good, and that he is doing something that is not right.

2)  Bastille are well and truly up to no good! The pesky bunch tweeted a mysterious logo for something called WWCOMMS.

3)  "The two Jaish militants were up to no good in the city,” said a police officer. “But it will be premature to say conclusively what their target ..."

4)  It meant leaders in industry, engineering or politics looked at the simple activity of riding a bike, and thought we were all up to no good ...

5)  Alex was up to no good, and he seems to have created a secret numerical code. 

6)  What a cryptic expression the wizard has — might he be up to no good

7)  He told them to be suspicious of people who suddenly came into lots of money, because they were probably up to no good.

8)  Half in shadow and with a haunted expression on her face, she stares out a window as she intones, “Them boys are up to no good.”

9)  Olamide and Phyno are always up to no good and we can't see what their latest project is.

10)  ... say with certainty that there's more where this came from. Manan and his superstar friends are up to no good and we're anxiously anticipating to find out!

11)  There's a conspiratorial tone to it, like Israel's "up to no good."

12)  Rachel kind of thought that we were up to no good, but I don't think she thought it was that.

13)  “I am inclined to believe,” said Costea, “that Norway is up to no good. I am talking about an undeclared policy of ..."

14)  Queen Marge is clearly up to no good. I don't buy for a second that she's sincerely converted to the Sparrows' cause.

15)  When asked if he'd had any inkling that the young man was up to no good when he was on the bus, the witness said, “No, I didn't get that ..."

16)  Although we just met him this week, Quincannon is one creepy dude, and it looks like he's up to no good... but what?

17)  So it's quite possible that Arya is up to no good.

18)  ... for essentially being stupid and drifting along with a boy who was up to no good. In prison she begins an affair with a guard and gives birth to a ...

19)  The Storybrooke heroes quickly figure out that Gold is up to no good, but the timing couldn't be worse.

20)  No, he's up to no good, but what is it?