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mess around

 and mess about 
1. to waste time; to do something ineffectually. Stop messing around and get busy. I wish you wouldn't mess about so much. You waste a lot of time that way.
2. to play [with someone] sexually. Those two have been messing around. Pete was messing around with Maria during the summer.
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mess around

 (with something) and mess about (with something); monkey around (with something)
1. to play with or fiddle with something idly and with no good purpose. Don't mess around with the ashtray. You'll break it if you don't stop messing about with it.
2. to experiment with something; to use and learn about something. We had been messing about with some new video techniques when we made our discovery. The people in this lab are messing around with all kinds of polymers.
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mess around

to waste time doing something without a particular purpose fool around The kids were just messing around at the mall.
Usage notes: often used in the not mess around (to act with a serious purpose): Being a federal agent on the track of terrorists, Matt doesn't mess around.
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mess around

v.
1. Slang To waste time: Stop messing around and finish your chores!
2. Slang mess around with To manipulate or work with something without a clear sense of method: I messed around with the TV controls, but the picture still looks too green.
3. Vulgar Slang To engage in casual, often promiscuous sexual activity.
See also: around, mess

mess around

verb
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He comes from a hurling background and I don't think they mess around in that.
Actually, I mess around on the guitar a little bit, but it's really nothing serious,'' he said.
Mariah Carey's boobs are so nice, and she don't mess around.
But in Rome, the mantra seems to be: "You can mess around with women, men, boys and girls.
Although it is a role-playing game, it does not force you to mess around through turn-based gameplay - real-time, 3D action is the order of the day.
The dog goes around and makes the cat hump its back and spit a little bit, and then all of a sudden when they get to be friends, the cat's got to bounce around all over the dog, kind of mess around with him.
Either Anna takes him at his word that he won't mess around again or she's making him suffer.
Next year I'm going to mess around with my voice and see what I can do and maybe shift directions in my music,'' Church said.
I used to go down to the pool and mess around,'' Nunez said.
What we can't do like other teams can is mess around.