fiddle around


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fiddle around (with something)

 and fiddle about (with something)
to play with something; to tinker with something ineptly. My brother is outside fiddling around with his car engine. He should stop fiddling around and go out and get a job.
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fiddle around

(with someone) and fiddle about (with someone) to tease, annoy, or play with someone; to waste someone's time. All right, stop fiddling around with me and tell me how much you will give me for my car. Now it's time for all of you to quit fiddling around and get to work. Tom, you have to stop spending your time fiddling about with your friends. It's time to get serious with your studies.
See also: around, fiddle

fiddle around

v.
To act foolishly, playfully, or without a clear sense of purpose: If you don't stop fiddling around and start working, we'll never get home.
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The unionists in Westminster and the Assembly will just fiddle around, and procrastinate wherever possibly, and if they get round to maKing any decision, it will be to their own advantage, not Wales'.
Men were fed in a reasonable manner and cooks had to do a job and make ends meet and they didn't fiddle around with two eggs and two ounces of flour and a pinch of salt.
I don't have the time to fiddle around with spreadsheets and accountants charge a fortune to process the paperwork; he continued.
The former Take That star was so moved by the King of Pop's death that he decided to fiddle around with the tracklisting and add the new song.
It contains worldwide Group winners and placed runners and allows you to fiddle around with different pedigrees and see what works.
Record your voice and then fiddle around with the pitch, tone, and speed to create some bizarre versions of your voice.
Both are decent and very able machines, and will ferry your brood about in comfort, but you'll need to fiddle around with different baby seat makes and combos to get three across the rear.
But now he wants me to go on the Pill as he say he doesn't want to fiddle around with condoms again.
While our political Neros fiddle around on the periphery with free bus passes, free prescriptions for millionaires and promises of free lap-top computers for millionaires' children, Rome burns merrily away from beneath our feet.
The Z-1000's buttons are placed logically so you won't have to fiddle around much when navigating the camera's on-board interface.
These days you have to fiddle around with ports, wires and have a solid understanding of computer programming before anything works.
People fiddle around a lot and under treat their headache (with over-the-counter drugs)," she says.
We've been at this for so long, and our pools are so big, that we don't have to fiddle around with this.
Before Adememi hit the stage, the youngsters were able to fiddle around with flutes, trumpets, cellos and trombones, among other instruments, at the ``musical instrument petting zoo.
Clubs are unable to fiddle around with fixtures to get suspensions out of the way.