hanky-panky

[ hang-kee-pang-kee ]SEE DEFINITION OF hanky-panky
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If there was any hanky-panky, I couldn't see how he planned to work it.

Another piece of hanky-panky frequently practised on the stage requires two performers.

I tell you, there's more in that Eastern hanky-panky than meets the eye; beyond that I'll offer no opinion.

If you play any hanky-panky tricks—look here, Da Souza, I'll kill you, sure!

Some hanky-panky with regimental money; every one knows how India plays the devil with a man's sense of right and wrong.

Oh, no, the Bedouins know the English Government won't allow any hanky-panky.

Did he sing anything about somebody's bein' his darlin' hanky-panky and wearin' a number two?

These scientists have worked miracles before which those of the ancient priests and magicians are mere tricks of hanky-panky.

But there must be no hanky-panky, no sharp practice with caddies; every sponge must be put down by one of the players in person.

I'll put up with no hanky-panky work from Mrs. Cummers Portheris, my dear—and well she knows it!'

WORD ORIGIN

also hanky panky, 1841, "trickery," British slang, possibly a variant of hoky-poky "deception, fraud," altered from hocus-pocus.

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