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- n. Alternative spelling of monkeyshine
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A trick or prank like a monkey's; buffoonery; tomfoolery; monkeyism.
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I've never forgotten, for one reason, because, when I began to play for patients and worked over them with the talk and flap-dash and monkey-shine, and got them to pay their money freely, then half the time they would improve and say they felt the flow of vitality, and some of them went away well and sound as biscuits, when, before they had come to us, they had had doctors and drugs and baths and changes of climate for nothing.