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to waste time or behave in a way that is not serious We're not here to fuck around - we have work to do. You're just fucking around with small improvements when we need to make major changes.Related vocabulary: fool around
Usage notes: the opposite meaning is expressed by not fuck around: Pat pulled out a gun and said, â€œI'm not fucking around, man.â€
1. Fool around, engage in frivolous activity, as in Stop fucking around and get the job done, or I'm tired of fucking around-let's go home. [ Vulgar slang; 1920s]
2. fuck someone around. Cheat, treat badly or make trouble for someone, as in Stop fucking me around; I know what you're up to. [ Vulgar slang; mid-1900s]
3. Be sexually promiscuous, as in Doesn't he have a reputation for fucking around? [ Vulgar slang; c. 1930]
in. to waste time; to mess around. (Taboo. Usually objectionable.) Stop fucking around and get busy!