mess around (with something) mess about (with something);

mess around (with something) mess about (with something);
AND monkey around (with something) in. to play with or fiddle with something.
Don’t mess around with the ashtray.
You’ l l break it if you don’t stop monkeying around with it.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • mess about — phrasal verb mess about or mess around Word forms mess about : present tense I/you/we/they mess about he/she/it messes about present participle messing about past tense messed about past participle messed about British informal 1) [intransitive]… …   English dictionary

  • mess about with something — Go to ess around (with something) …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • muck around with something — ˌmuck aˈbout/aˈround with sth derived (BrE, informal, disapproving) to do sth, especially to a machine, so that it does not work correctly Syn: ↑mess about …   Useful english dictionary

  • mess around — {v. phr.} 1. To engage in idle or purposeless activity. * /Come on, you guys, start doing some work, don t just mess around all day!/ 2. {vulgar} To be promiscuous; to indulge in sex with little discrimination as to who the partner is. * /Allen… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • mess around — {v. phr.} 1. To engage in idle or purposeless activity. * /Come on, you guys, start doing some work, don t just mess around all day!/ 2. {vulgar} To be promiscuous; to indulge in sex with little discrimination as to who the partner is. * /Allen… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • mess — ► NOUN 1) a dirty or untidy state. 2) a state of confusion or difficulty. 3) a portion of semi solid food. 4) euphemistic a domestic animal s excrement. 5) a place providing meals and recreational facilities for members of the armed forces. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • mess — 1 noun 1 DIRTY/UNTIDY (singular, uncountable) a situation in which a place looks very untidy or dirty, with things spread all around: Clean up this mess! | The house was an awful mess after the party. | make a mess: You can make cookies if you… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mess — mess1 S2 [mes] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(dirty/untidy)¦ 2¦(problems/difficulties)¦ 3 make a mess of (doing) something 4¦(person)¦ 5 a mess of something 6¦(army/navy)¦ 7¦(waste substance)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: mes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mess — mess1 [ mes ] noun ** ▸ 1 when someone/something is dirty ▸ 2 when there are problems ▸ 3 someone with problems ▸ 4 solid waste from animal ▸ 5 mess hall ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) count or uncount a situation in which a place is dirty or not neat: Your… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mess around — phrasal verb mess about or mess around Word forms mess about : present tense I/you/we/they mess about he/she/it messes about present participle messing about past tense messed about past participle messed about British informal 1) [intransitive]… …   English dictionary

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