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Monkey Idioms

Updated on September 16, 2014

What is an Idiom?

There are a several idioms that are related to Monkeys and whilst some have negative undertones, some can be positive and complimentary.

An idiom is a phrase or an expression that should not be taken literally. For when you use an idiom in everyday language, then it has a different meaning than the basic meaning or definition of the words as found in a dictionary.

An example of this might be "Get your skates on." If taken literally, then you are being told to put on your skates. However, this phrase, or idiom is often used by someone who is telling you hurry up.


"A Monkey on your Back."To say that there is serious problem that you cannot forget.

"Monkey Business"


A way of saying that you should stop messing around. To settle down and stop the monkey business.

"Funny as a Barrel of Monkey's."

To be extremely funny.

Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey.

— Malcom De Chazal

"Make a Monkey out of."

To make a person appear foolish or silly.

"If You Pay Peanuts, You Get Monkey's."

To way of saying that you only get what you pay for. If you pay silly, low wages, then you will get silly people.

A song parody about animal idioms - From Pacifica High Schools Spring Plays Festival

"I'll be a Monkey's Uncle."

A way of saying that something is very unlikely.

Monkey Idioms from BBC Learning - YouTube

"Grease Monkey."

A way of describing a mechanic who works on automobiles or airplanes.

"To Monkey with Something."

To interfere with something.

"Not Give a Monkey's."

A way of saying that you do not care about something at all.

"Monkey Suit."

A Tuxedo

"Brass Monkey Weather"

A way of saying that it is extremely cold.

"Softly, Softly Catchee Monkey"

A way of saying caution is the best way to achieve an end.

"Monkey See, Monkey Do"

To imitate someone. Children often copy - imitate the behaviours of their parents.

I hope that you enjoyed this lens. Feedback always welcomed...

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      CCGAL 5 years ago

      I did enjoy it indeed! In fact, I thought of a couple of monkey idioms that you don't have. "Throw a monkey wrench into your plans" is one, and "monkey rig" something is the other.

      On an aside, there was a popular song in the 60's that had the refrain: "Peel me a 'nanner, toss me a peanut, I'll come a swingin' from a coconut tree. Peel me a 'nanner, toss me a peanut, you sure made a monkey outta me."

      Nice job - I really liked this one, too!

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      It has been awhile since I heard "Monkey see, Monkey do"! You have a fun sense of humor :)

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      garyrh1 5 years ago

      Haha. Not give a monkey's. Hmmm... I haven't heard that one :)

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very clever...love this lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love your idiom lenses--they're great fun!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I kept thinking I had one but then I saw you had it here, always fun to take a walk through your animal idioms...just monkeying around!

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      This was fun! Thanks for sharing!

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      angelsigh 5 years ago

      Cool lens :D

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      livinglargeandh 5 years ago

      Ha. This lens is right up my alley. We had several monkeys as kids. And...I have another idiom re monkeys for you--I remember it from Spanish class: "Aunque la mona se vista de seda, mona se queda." It translates loosely as: "A monkey in a silk suit is still a monkey."

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love monkeys, and enjoyed the lens, so here are some Angel blessings

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @Gloriousconfusion: Thank you for your visit and blessing of this lense. Always appreciated.

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      There's no monkey on your back! Loved your lens. Thanks for the great pictures and fun idioms.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      It is a nice and funny lens.

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      alenmic 4 years ago

      I always love idioms. Great lens.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @alenmic: Thank you.

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      momsfunny 4 years ago

      Nicely done! :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @momsfunny: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      vinodkpillai lm 4 years ago

      Fun way of learning idioms - thanks!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @vinodkpillai lm: Thank you for the visit and comment - I always find that adding a bit of fun is a great way to make learning enjoyable.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I like the way you have presented this lens with monkey pictures and really enjoyed looking at those idioms :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Mommy-Bear: Thank you.

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Boy O Boy. Did I enjoy your lens or what ? Really Amazing . And then there is the frog, pig, dog, horse .........to be checked . Great lens. You can add " Steel Monkey" later on ........ Cheers .

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @SavioC: Thank you.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      Learning + fun = my kind of combination!

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I enjoyed reading your lens.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @flinnie lm: Thank you.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      So adorable.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      This was a delightful lens! I enjoyed my visit here!

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @sierradawn lm: Thank you.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Nice one I like the Monkey poster and the monkey jewelry too which is about halfway down the page as well. Emerald coloured eye Crouching Brass Tone Monkey lovely.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you.

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      lidialbuquerque 3 years ago

      Very cool and informative! English is my second language and I learned some new idioms in here! Tks!

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @lidialbuquerque: Thank you - It is nice to know that you found this lens useful.

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      jhgh 2 years ago

      BOOOOOOOOOOO

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      i do not like you 2 years ago

      i do not like you

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      sami 13 months ago

      wow. don't lisen to them

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