mess around with (someone or something)

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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.
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mess around (with something) mess about (with something)

and monkey around (with something)
in. to play with or fiddle with something. You’ll break it if you don’t stop monkeying around with it.
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So why is she at risk of messing it all up by messing around with a group of double-barrelled bozos?
Will messing around with my Pill make me more likely to become pregnant?
He told his court martial at Bulford military court in Wiltshire he was messing around with a sniper rifle he was not trained to use.
The co-owners seem to be messing around with the club's finances; the manager is messing around with teams election; and, generally, the Liverpool FC traditions George Gillett and Tom Hicks spoke so dearly about 12 months ago seem to be totally undermined.
It was only when the coroner said: "This is relevant" that Burrell added: "She called the princess a whore and she said that she was messing around with 'effing Muslim men' and she was disgraceful and said some very nasty things".
I was messing around with my flip-flop at the movies, and it fell into the row in front of me.
Sandwell South police said: "It appears that Mr Price and friends were messing around with metal objects when it went tragically wrong.
When Eisenman calls for architecture and architects to quit messing around with semiotics and get with some kind of social programme, it does make you wonder what he's been putting in his tea.
Which is why baseball shouldn't be messing around with all these incremental punishments.
Like tugging on Superman's cape, spitting into the wind, pulling the mask off the Lone Ranger and messing around with Slim, you don't maintain a dam with wishful thinking and makeshift fixes.
But police today said the boys received their injuries after messing around with an air-rifle on private land.
Seems every great piece of kit these days costs about [yen]100,000, so if you have that kind of spare cash lying around, and you've been thinking about getting all your old VCR tapes transferred onto DVD but can't be bothered with buying a DVD recorder then messing around with cables, Sharp has just the thing for you.
Vice: Going to the beach, skating of messing around with my turntables
After all, he was told, who has that kind of leisure time to be messing around with boats and outboard motors?
At the center of all this activity (or, rather, up to the left and down to the right) are Tripplehorn and Hayek as a Hollywood player and her actress lover (the same actress who is messing around with Skarsgard, get it?