hanky-panky

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Possibly a corruption of the Romani expression hakk'ni panki ("great trick", "big con" and hence "shady dealings").[1]

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hanky-panky (uncountable)

  1. Mischievous behaviour, dishonest or shady activity.
    I think there was some hanky-panky with the last election.
  2. Amorous behaviour, smooching, making out, necking, sexual intercourse or other sexual activity, especially if illicit.
    Synonyms: roll in the hay; see also Thesaurus:copulation
    • 1990, “Hanky Panky”, in I'm Breathless, performed by Madonna:
      I don't wanna cry / I just wanna hanky panky / Nothing like a good spanky
    • 1997, “Barbie Girl”, in Aquarium, performed by Aqua:
      You're my doll, rock and roll, feel the glamor in pink / Kiss me here, touch me there, hanky-panky
  3. A debaucherous act; a sexual act that is considered inappropriate.

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  1. ^ William Lindsay Gresham, Monster Midway, a book about circus life and side-shows (published by Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, 1954); some of the chapters in this book appeared as articles in the following magazines: Collier's Weekly, Life, Esquire, True, and The American Weekly. Reference copied from Hokkani boro.