[the second sense’s variant is found by 1987]
Wealth has great influence, as in Big contributors to campaigns are generally rewarded with important posts—in politics money talks. The idea behind this idiom was stated by Euripides in the fifth century b.c., and some 2,000 years later Erasmus spoke of “the talking power of money” (Adagia, 1532). The precise current locution, however, only began to be used about 1900.
- Monkey stove
noun a small wood-burning stove with two burners
noun, Nautical. 1. any of various light or short ropes or lines.
- Monkey up
To hack together hardware for a particular task, especially a one-shot job. Connotes an extremely crufty and consciously temporary solution. Compare hack up, kluge up.
- Monkey ward
noun phrase The Montgomery Ward retail company (1930s+)