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monkeyshine

[muhng-kee-shahyn] /ˈmʌŋ kiˌʃaɪn/
noun
1.
Usually, monkeyshines. a frivolous or mischievous prank; monkey business.
Origin of monkeyshine
1820-1830
1820-30; monkey + shine1 (in the sense of ‘a foolish prank’)
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  • "It's monkey-shines like this that breed anarchists," he growled.

    The Streets of Ascalon Robert W. Chambers
  • "Now don't you cut up any monkey-shines," pleaded the driver of the carryall.

    The Mystery at Putnam Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • Are you going to play any monkey-shines with the locomotive, Hawkins?

  • Whenever I reign people carry umbrellas; and my son, although quite polished, indulges only in monkey-shines!

    The Woggle-Bug Book

    L. Frank Baum
  • The cow-punchers, always so sober-faced while engaged in their monkey-shines, relaxed into a grin of approval.

    Rolling Stones

    O. Henry
  • Me at my time of life learning to do monkey-shines and bending and flapping my arms like a chicken with its head cut off.

    The Innocents Sinclair Lewis
Word Origin and History for monkey-shines
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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