I'll be a monkey's uncle

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Etymology[edit]

"I'll be a monkey's uncle" dates from after 1926, the date of the widely publicized Scopes Trial in the United States, where the term first appears. It appears in print starting in the 1930s.

Phrase[edit]

I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!

  1. (idiomatic) (often preceded by well) expressing complete surprise or disbelief
    Well I’ll be a monkey's uncle! I would never have thought that tourists would go into space!

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