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mess around/about with

Definition of mess around/about with in English:

1Interfere with: we don’t want outsiders messing around with our schools
More example sentences
  • Once again Tone seems intent on radically messing around with institutions that, until he interfered, used to function reasonably well.
  • The second burglary happened when a man knocked on the door and claiming some children had been messing around with roadworks outside.
  • ‘My mum used to say, ‘Stop messing around with bits of paper and pencils and go outside and play with the other children’,’ he recalled.
Synonyms
fool around, fiddle about/around, play around;
fidget, toy, trifle, tamper, tinker, interfere, meddle, monkey (around/about)
1.1 informal Engage in a sexual relationship with (someone, especially the partner of another person).
Example sentences
  • The main distinguishing feature of Lovecraft's Mythos is that anyone who messes around with the occult gets eaten by ghouls, driven insane or turned into a fishman.
  • They were long and calloused at the fingertips from messing around with a guitar.
  • And, even with you out of the scene and having (to a degree) accepted that that was the way things were going to be, the few girls that I did mess around with just didn't connect with me.
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