monkey around

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monkey around

To waste time or procrastinate by doing something unproductive or unhelpful; to fool around or spend time idly. Would you quit monkeying around and give me a hand cleaning the house? I should have started this essay last week, but I've been monkeying around with my new video game console.
See also: around, monkey

monkey around

verb
See also: around, monkey

monkey around

verb
See also: around, monkey
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Soon they will be too big to be monkeyed around with.
The rocker was enjoying a break with his eldest boy as the pair monkeyed around for the cameras.
Two mountain gorillas, accompanied by a not-so-intrepid explorer, monkeyed around the 18th Century walled garden, to the delight of their Good Friday audience.
SOMEONE monkeyed around with the plot - and threw it out of the window.
Although Helena is best known for playing the English rose, she happily monkeyed around in rehearsals to make her new role more realistic.