Origin of hanky-panky
Examples from the Web for hanky-panky
Meanwhile, What Kind of Hanky-Panky Is Going on Over at the Department of Health and Human Services?Up to a Point: PJ on Sochi Stray Dog Stew and 1-800-F*CKYOU|P. J. O’Rourke|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Those who are fasting must abstain from eating, drinking (even water), smoking, and hanky-panky of any sorts.
I remember being shocked not by the explicit carnality but by the confusion and hanky-panky, and the unhappiness.
Did he sing anything about somebody's bein' his darlin' hanky-panky and wearin' a number two?The Portygee|Joseph Crosby Lincoln
I'll put up with no hanky-panky work from Mrs. Cummers Portheris, my dear—and well she knows it!'An American Girl in London|Sara Jeannette Duncan
Some hanky-panky with regimental money; every one knows how India plays the devil with a man's sense of right and wrong.Alone|Norman Douglas
These scientists have worked miracles before which those of the ancient priests and magicians are mere tricks of hanky-panky.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
He had no idea I wasn't interested in his other hanky-panky, but could tell I had had a low blow.The Misplaced Battleship|Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
Word Origin for hanky-panky
also hanky panky, 1841, "trickery," British slang, possibly a variant of hoky-poky "deception, fraud," altered from hocus-pocus.