mess around with someone

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
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If you want to mess around, mess around with someone from some other country,'' said Tan, 45, general manager of the Pica Shanghai printing house, which opened in 1994.
Dennis Martin, national president of the American Federation of Police, drew enthusiastic applause when he told the audience, "Criminals are not going to mess around with someone who has a gun and can give them the instant death penalty.
PHOTO: "Criminals are not going to mess around with someone who has a gun and can give them the instant death penalty;" declared Dennis Martin, national president of the American Federation of Police.