mess with (someone or something)

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mess with (someone or something)

1. To change, fiddle, or play with something, often without permission to do so. My tools are not toys—please do not mess with them. Hey, don't mess with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 65 degrees.
2. To clash with someone or something. That group of boys is dangerous—don't mess with them.
3. To tease or mock someone. Sarah's a very sensitive kid, so don't mess with her.
4. To confuse or puzzle someone. One minute he's flirting with me, and the next, he's completely disinterested. His mixed signals are totally messing with my head!
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mess with someone or something

 and monkey with someone or something
to bother or interfere with someone or something. Come on, don't monkey with my new camera. Don't mess with me unless you want trouble.
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mess with

Interfere or associate with; also, annoy, bother. For example, Our group won't mess with those street musicians, or I told him not to mess with me or there would be trouble. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
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mess with

v.
1. To alter something improperly: Don't mess with the arrangement of the chairs—they're all set up for the meeting.
2. To deceive or confuse someone or something: The horrible accident really messed with my head.
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An example of this came when he exacted revenge on the former Wales and Tottenham defender Mike England, who had earlier caught Messing with his elbow, "knocking me pretty silly".
A marketing firm in Manchester is suing a multibillion-dollar home improvement manufacturer for messing with its Make A Mess trademark.
We build bridges, roads, parks, dams, railways, hospitals etc and do you consider these as not messing with nature?
As a matter of fact everything we have achieved in the last 300 years has come as a direct result of messing with nature.
5 : to handle in a careless way <Stop messing with my camera.
I don't want to be moving your laptop around and messing with your stuff.
Is messing with your kief like messing with your emotions?