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British Dictionary definitions for monkey tricks

monkey tricks

US monkey shines

pl n
  1. informal mischievous behaviour or acts, such as practical jokes
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Examples from the Web for monkey tricks

Historical Examples

  • I see there's an objection to Monkey-tricks for the Grand National.

    Punch, or the London Charivari Volume 107, August 25, 1894

    Various

  • Only a few of our men were killed or blinded by these monkey-tricks.

    Now It Can Be Told

    Philip Gibbs

  • He had only a cynical laugh for everything, even for the monkey-tricks performed by his mistress at the council of state.