- 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
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Related Words for funny businessplayfulness, evil, wrongdoing, vandalism, misconduct, prank, sabotage, catastrophe, accomplishment, device, antic, gag, stunt, shenanigan, feat, chicanery, scam, deceit, dishonesty, razzle-dazzle
Deceit, treachery, unethical conduct. For example, We suspect their outfit has been up to some funny business. [Colloquial; c. 1880]
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