mess with

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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

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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References in classic literature ?
A brown monkey with a long, grey tail was sitting there staring at him.
He also speculates that the monkey with the mole may have been a passenger on a previous, less successful mission.
He claimed the light gray monkey with the mole died during a failed space mission in 2011.
Next, embalmers covered the monkey with natron (NAY-trahn).
What do you get when you cross a monkey with a jellyfish?
By the end of movie, the world has turned upside down: Donald Sutherland wants to nuke some very expensive real estate into the Stone Age; the Army is stalking the monkey with helicopters and stun guns; and Hoffman, after decades of playing nebbishes, is incredibly transformed into an action hero.
At the end of 10 predictions, there is one monkey with a perfect record of 10 straight calls, 10 with nine out of 10 correct, and 44 with eight of 10 correct.
Like the three previously known species of lion tamarin, the black-faced lion tamarin, or Leontopithecus caissara, is a squirrel-like monkey with a small face framed by a luxuriant mane.