Definition of mess about/around with in English:

mess about/around with

1Interfere with: the minister messed around with health, and look at the state we are in
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  • 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.
1.1 informal Engage in an affair with (someone, especially the partner of another person): Steve was stark-staring paranoid jealous when it came to anyone messing about with his wife don’t mess with my wife
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  • 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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