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I think that this is an idiom, but I didn't find any explanations. I wonder about the monkey. Just to be cuter than a puppy would be clear. Monkey's (if it refers to the animal) are known for being silly or a bit stupid, primitive. Doesn't it have a slight negative connotation?

Why is it called "to be cuter than a monkey with a puppy"?

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closed as off topic by FumbleFingers, MετάEd, Gnawme, jwpat7, Robusto Feb 14 '12 at 3:08

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Apparently someone called Bones said it. I have no idea who Bones is, but I'm voting to close as "too localised". Or it could be "general reference" - both monkeys and puppies are considered cute, and that's pretty common knowledge. – FumbleFingers Feb 13 '12 at 23:20
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It is not an idiom. It's a writer being creative.

Monkeys are cute. Puppies are cute. A monkey with a puppy must be very cute indeed.

If in your culture, monkeys aren't seen as cute - well, the writer wasn't writing for you.

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