Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See hanky-panky.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. colloq. Professional cant; the chatter of conjurers to divert attention from their tricks; hence, jugglery.
- n. Informal Illegal or unethical behavior, usually surreptitious.
- n. colloq. Extramarital sexual relations, especially adultery.
“It was I who added counters to his stakes, just once or twice, and not nearly as often as they said - why, I was quite shocked when I read in the papers last week, the kind of evidence they were giving, even Mrs Wilson - dear me, if there had been that much hankey-pankey with the counters the whole world must have seen, the Prince and everyone!”
“Now Newton, Darwin, Dalton, Davy, Joule, and Adam Smith did not affect this “expert” hankey-pankey, becoming enough in a hairdresser or a fashionable physician, but indecent in a philosopher or a man of science.”
“You were watched all the time and if a girl danced too close to a man or a man danced too close to a girl or they saw any kind of hankey-pankey going on, don't think that they didn't come right in and make a scene about it!”
“By the Lord, I believe the Apostle's right, -- the whole place reeks to me of hankey-pankey, -- it did as soon as I put my nose inside.”
“Can it be possible that that humorous professor of hankey-pankey -- may all the maledictions of the accursed alight upon his head!”
“Davy, Joule, and Adam Smith did not affect this "expert" hankey-pankey, becoming enough in a hairdresser or a fashionable physician, but indecent in a philosopher or a man of science.”
“Only the mis-remembered hankey-pankey of the Dead Old Man.”
“Aubrey, that if father tries any hankey-pankey with the estate, and leaves it to me, I shall give it back to you next day. ”
“So the real median income is adjusted for inflation, so there's no hankey-pankey with what a dollar can buy, OK?”
“I thought we might talk and be jolly, as we used to be, but without ... oh, ` hankey-pankey '. ”
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