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I was discussing with my partner the origins of the some common terms, as these things often do the conversation degenerated and the origin of the term “hanky panky was mentioned. Β  So of course I had to look it up πŸ™‚

“Trickery – double dealing. Also, more recently, sexual shenanigans.”

Apparently the actual origin of the term is unknown – possibly deriving from “hocus -pocus” or “hoky-poky.”

The more recent usage was used by George Bernard Shaw in 1939.

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/hanky-panky.html

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hanky-panky

http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/hanky-panky

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