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monkeyshine

[ muhng-kee-shahyn ]
/ ˈmʌŋ kiˌʃaɪn /
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noun
Usually monkeyshines . a frivolous or mischievous prank; monkey business.
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Origin of monkeyshine

First recorded in 1820–30; monkey + shine1 (in the sense of “a foolish prank”)
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How to use monkeyshine in a sentence

  • His achievements had won for him a certain respect even from the officers whom he amused with his 49 monkeyshines.

    The Heart of Pinocchio|Collodi Nipote
  • Run, then; an' if Job abuses you, just let me know it, an' I'll keep him from cuttin' up any monkeyshines.

    Toby Tyler|James Otis
  • In a mild way we and our fool monkeyshines came to be a well-known institution.

    Gold|Stewart White
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