not my circus, not my monkeys

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Etymology[edit]

Calque of Polish nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy.

Phrase[edit]

not my circus, not my monkeys

  1. (colloquial) It's none of my business; indicates that one is not responsible for controlling or changing a volatile or delicate situation.
    • 2015, J. J. Johnson, Believarexic, Open Road Media (→ISBN)
      I repeated it like a mantra: Not my circus. Not my monkeys. Except it was my circus. Because, as I lay there, I noticed all my things out of place from the room search. This was my circus. I was stuck with these monkeys.