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.
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
A way of describing a mechanic who works on automobiles or airplanes.
"To Monkey with Something."
To interfere with something.
A way of saying that you do not care about something at all.
A way of saying that it is extremely cold.
A way of saying caution is the best way to achieve an end.
To imitate someone. Children often copy - imitate the behaviours of their parents.