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fiddle with someone or something

to tinker or play with someone or something. Please don't fiddle with the stereo controls. Leave your brother alone. Don't fiddle with him. He's cranky.
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fiddle with something

1. to be busy with something without a special purpose fool with something Don't fiddle with the remote control - you'll break it!
2. to try to fix or use something complicated fool with something The report says that computer users spend about one-third of their time fiddling with the operating system and organizing files.
Related vocabulary: fuss with something
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fiddle with

v.
1. To make unskilled or experimental efforts at repairing or improving something: I fiddled with the broken toaster, but I couldn't fix it.
2. To manipulate something without a clear sense of purpose: Stop fiddling with the remote or you'll break it.
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