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funny business

noun, Informal.
improper or unethical conduct, as deception or trickery:
He won't stand for any funny business here.
Origin of funny business
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • And I want you to understand there will be no funny business on the way down.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • "No funny business," he challenged, but Sadau gestured the challenge aside.

    The Devil's Asteroid Manly Wade Wellman
  • There's a whole lot of funny business about her that needs explaining.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • You haven't been up to any funny business with them, have you?

    The Angel of Terror Edgar Wallace
  • It did sound like funny business; but it happened exactly as I wrote it.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
  • I thought for a spell last night you were trying some funny business.

    The Young Railroaders

    Francis Lovell Coombs
  • No funny business, or we'll clean up the whole bunch, an' blamed quick, too!

    Bar-20 Days Clarence E. Mulford
  • The crew wouldn't allow any funny business with you, after this day's work.

  • We'll keep 'em at it till they're too tired for funny business.

    Cattle-Ranch to College Russell Doubleday
  • It was a funny business that of the good vrouw there and the little Frenchman.

    Tales of South Africa H.A. Bryden
Contemporary definitions for funny business

amorous behavior; sexual intercourse's 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for funny business

funny business

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monkey business

monkey business

noun phrase

  1. Frivolous pranks; japes and jests, etc: He was full of monkey business, the clown
  2. Dubious and dishonest stratagems; trickiness: Show these kids that you're going to stand for no monkey business (1883+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with funny business

funny business

Deceit, treachery, unethical conduct. For example, We suspect their outfit has been up to some funny business. [ ; c. 1880 ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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