Having a monkey on your back sounds scary, but luckily idioms aren't literal! And since it\u2019s World Monkey Day, we're looking at some monkey-based phrases that you can use in your writing. So let's stop monkeying around and get down to monkey business! How many of these do you know? \u00a0\u00a0\n1. Monkeying Around\nWhen someone is \u201cmonkeying around,\u201d they are being playful or silly:\nPlease stop monkeying around in class!\nHe monkeys around in the office all day.\nThe phrase conjures an image of literally playing around like a monkey (rather than acting like a serious Homo sapiens). The mischievous nature of monkeys is, in fact, a common theme in monkey phrases!\n2. Cheeky Monkey\nIf a British person calls you a \u201ccheeky monkey,\u201d they are calling you silly or mischievous. It is usually a rebuke, but a playful or fond one:\nMy niece stole my lipstick. What a cheeky monkey!\nMy sister was such a cheeky monkey when she was little.\nThis is also a common phrase in Australia, but less so in American English.\n\n[caption id="attachment_12872" align="aligncenter" width="451"] If anything, this monkey looks very serious.(Photo: Kevin Jones\/Flickr)[\/caption]\n3. No Monkey Business, Please!\n\u201cMonkey business\u201d refers to frivolous or deceitful behavior. This phrase is slightly more serious in tone than the ones above, but it is still very informal:\nThe kids got up to some monkey business at the party!\nThe boss doesn\u2019t have time for monkey business.\nWe can also find similar phrases in modern Sanskrit (v\u0101nara-karman, where v\u0101nara = monkey + karman = action, work) and Hindi (v\u0101nara-karma).\n4. Having a Monkey on Your Back\nThis phrase refers to problem or burden that is difficult to control or escape:\nShe got that monkey off her back when she gave up smoking.\nHis money problems are a real monkey on his back.\nOf course, having an actual monkey on your back could also be a problem that is difficult to control or escape, as this slightly odd advert shows.\n5. Making a Monkey Out of Someone\nWith this phrase, we return to silliness. To make a monkey out of someone means to make someone or oneself look foolish or ridiculous:\nMy friends made a monkey out of me with their prank.\nI made a monkey out of myself by spilling the coffee.\nAre there any other monkey-based phrases you enjoy? Let us know in the comments if there are! And if you have any documents you\u2019d like proofread, you can try our services for free. We\u2019ll even check your use of idioms for you!