noun Informal.

  1. unethical behavior; deceit: When the bank teller bought an expensive car and house, they suspected there might be some hanky-panky going on.
  2. illicit sexual relations.

noun informal

  1. dubious or suspicious behaviour
  2. foolish behaviour or talk
  3. illicit sexual relations

also hanky panky, 1841, “trickery,” British slang, possibly a variant of hoky-poky “deception, fraud,” altered from hocus-pocus.

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