from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A mischievous or playful trick; a prank. Often used in the plural: laughed at my daughter's monkeyshines.

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  • n. A trick or prank like a monkey's; mischief; buffoonery; tomfoolery; monkeyism; shenanigans.


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  • When the banks get a whiff of money to be made, or that you are going to give them the old monkeyshine ... whoosh!

    Excerpt from The Vicious Circulation of Dr Catastrope

  • The adjectives "elfin" and "colossal" seldom keep company together, but this instance marks a grand exception; it is a monkeyshine of unprecedented scale.

    'The Lives of John Lennon'

  • "I did cut a monkeyshine or two," admitted the young man.

    Diane of the Green Van

  • BARRING sociology (which is yet, of course, scarcely a science at all, but rather a monkeyshine which happens to pay, like play-acting or theology), psychology is the youngest of the sciences, and hence chiefly guesswork, empiricism, hocus-pocus, poppycock.

    Prejudices : first series,

  • "It's not just aimless monkeyshine shenanigans," Setzler insisted.


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  • 'Cause I'm not going along with this monkeyshine about unified.


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  • Most often used in the plural. (I personally have never heard it used otherwise NorthAtlantic U.S.) Mischief attributed to a person.

    January 20, 2009