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monkey businessnoun [U]

uk   us  
behaviour that is not ​acceptable or is ​dishonest: The ​teachersuspected that there had been some ​monkeybusiness going on while she was out of the ​room.
(Definition of monkey business from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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monkey businessnoun [U]

 us   /ˈmʌŋ·ki ˌbɪz·nəs/
dishonest or ​illegalbehavior: There’s been some monkey business ​connected with his ​taxreturns.
(Definition of monkey business from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “monkey business”
in Chinese (Simplified) 骗人把戏, 恶作剧…
in Chinese (Traditional) 騙人的把戲, 惡作劇…
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