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 Monkey with a Long Tail (A).Monkey’s Money. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Monkey’s Allowance.
More kicks than halfpence. The allusion is to the monkeys carried about for show; they pick up the halfpence, but carry them to the master, who keeps kicking or ill-treating the poor creatures to urge them to incessant tricks.   1

 Monkey with a Long Tail (A).Monkey’s Money. 

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