Here is a list of idiomatic expressions about monkeys.
To go ape over something or somebody
To go ape over something is to get terribly excited or angry about it.
- My mother goes ape if I don’t clean my room.
Make a monkey out of (someone)
To make a monkey out of somebody is to make them look foolish.
- In a bid to impress his girlfriend, Jason cracked some silly jokes and made a monkey out of himself.
Monkey around with something or somebody
To monkey around is to waste your time.
- He spent the whole afternoon monkeying around with his old laptop.
This expression is used to refer to an illegal activity or mischief.
- He must stop the monkey business immediately if he does not want to get into legal trouble.
A monkey on one’s back
This expression is used to refer to an underlying issue that prevents you from becoming successful.
- That huge credit card debt is a real monkey on his back.
Monkey see, monkey do
This expression is used to refer to a person who blindly imitates another person.
- It is monkey see, monkey do for the little girl. She copies everything that her elder sister does.
More fun than a barrel of monkeys
If something is more fun than a barrel of monkeys, it is very fun.
- We all loved our aunt because she was more fun than a barrel of monkeys.