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mess around with (someone or something)

1. To tinker or fiddle with something. Hey, don't mess around with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 68 degrees. Grandpa's still messing around with that old radio, but I doubt he'll get it to work again.
2. To test or use something in order to learn more about it. I'm messing around with a different platform for my blog, and I can't decide if I like it or not.
3. To engage in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting with someone or something; to fool around with someone or something. Quit messing around with the dog and work on your book report already, Scotty!
4. To tease or play a prank on someone, often by trying to get them to believe something that is not true. Come on, stop messing around with me. There's no such thing as ghosts.
5. To engage in casual sex acts with someone. Betsy and I are just messing around with each other, which is great because I don't want a serious relationship anyway.
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mess around (with someone)

and mess about (with someone) and monkey around (with someone)
1. in. to play with someone sexually. Those two have been messing around. He started monkeying around, so I got out of the car.
2. in. to waste someone’s time. Don’t mess around with me. Just answer the question, if you please.
3. in. to waste time with someone else. I was messing around with John.
See also: around, mess, someone
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He said: "When you get to the point with your shows that you mess around with the schedules and it affects the viewers when you go head to head, that to me is silly rivalry.
Nina Nineska Fidanoska in Utrinski vesnik wonders how the inspectors before shutting down stockrooms at Pero Nakov BB did not notice that there is another exit from the stockroom to ensure that nobody will mess around with the proof.
Now 21, Craig, of Ouston, near Chester-le-Street, has warned others not to mess around with fireworks tonight.
THE UGLY FACE OF BEAUTY Channel 4, 8pm Just a few years ago, people who had undergone extensive plastic surgery were considered a strange minority willing to mess around with their faces and bodies.
Its easy to use foaming cleansers will help you wash away the strains of the day easily without having to mess around with cotton wool buds.
By the end, the reader will probably say, "Don't mess around with reality.
The staff bends backward to please, even allowing picky eaters to mess around with the kitchen's prescribed flavor formulas.
Croce might have added one more item to that list: You don't mess around with dams - especially failing ones.
I would also like to remind people not to mess around with any firearm, whether it's an air weapon or an even more lethal weapon.
The drawings and sculpture show Harding in an exploratory mood, looking at ways to mess around with grids without sticking to his patented system--in Postage Drawing I, 2003, he does this with the adhesive surrounds left over when you've used the stamps they frame--and ways to use the system besides messing up the grids.
By most accounts, Deval Patrick is not a man you want to mess around with, especially if you're the head of a large U.
Performances of such classic Croce songs as "You Don't Mess Around With Jim," "Operator," "Bad Bad Leroy Brown," many not seen since their original broadcast, are included along with extra features such as home movies, personal family photos, and commentary by Randy Newman, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina.
But in Rome, the mantra seems to be: "You can mess around with women, men, boys and girls.