US monkey shines
- informal mischievous behaviour or acts, such as practical jokes
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Examples from the Web for monkey tricks
I see there's an objection to Monkey-tricks for the Grand National.
Only a few of our men were killed or blinded by these monkey-tricks.Now It Can Be Told
He had only a cynical laugh for everything, even for the monkey-tricks performed by his mistress at the council of state.Life and Times of Her Majesty Caroline Matilda, Vol. I (of III)
C. F. Lachelles Wraxall