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monkey tricks

plural noun
(informal) mischievous behaviour or acts, such as practical jokes
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  • Those sort of monkey tricks don't bother me, I can assure you.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • But I don't want you to try any of your monkey tricks with Bananas.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • None of your monkey tricks or Ill forfeit the game to the New Yorks.

  • He does not want any of the monkey tricks they teach the children at college.

    The Imported Bridegroom Abraham Cahan
  • You ought to have grown out of monkey tricks like that in the Army.

    First Plays A. A. Milne
  • But from all these monkey tricks she found relief in her real music.

  • They wanted to be there to see if Carleton “played any monkey tricks,” to quote Captain Brandt.

    Caleb West, Master Diver F. Hopkinson Smith
  • And that other one, who did nothing but laugh and make all sorts of faces and monkey tricks at that young man!

  • I have not withstood Maitland to be won by the monkey tricks and mawkish commonplace of ordinary men.


    Mary Brunton
  • She hated children; their noise and prattle and monkey tricks threw her into hysterics.


    E. (Eliza) Fenwick

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