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. So of course I had to look it up 🙂
“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.