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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from Low German

monkey

1 noun
     
mon‧key1 [countable]
1HBA a small brown animal with a long tail, which uses its hands to climb trees and lives in hot countries
2 informal a small child who is very active and likes to play tricks:
Stop that, you little monkey!
3

monkey business

informal bad or dishonest behaviour
4

not give a monkey's

British English spoken informal to not care at all about something:
To be honest I don't give a monkey's what they do.
5

make a monkey (out) of somebody

to make someone seem stupid
6

a monkey on your back

American English informalMDD a serious problem that makes your life very difficult, especially being dependent on drugs
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