putz around

putz around

1. slang To engage in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting; to fool around. I can't believe we spent the whole day just putzing around.
2. slang To play or tinker with something. Hey, don't putz around with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 68 degrees. Grandpa's still putzing around with that old radio, but I doubt he'll get it to work again.
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putz around

Inf. to fiddle around; to mess around. Stop some time puzzling over her. While I was puzzling over putzing around and get to work. Those guys spend most why she had slapped me, she did it again, of their time just putzing around.
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putz around

and futz around
in. to waste time; to do something ineffectually. (Putz is probably putz (sense 1).) Get busy and stop putzing around.
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That led him to putz around with solar panels after his service expired, and finally to the establishment of CRESIT Energy eight years ago.
This is more common at long range, but once in a while you can putz around with this position or that position, pile up jackets and daypacks to make a rest and so forth.
They don't want to putz around with freshmen football on a Wednesday afternoon.
drywall surfaces, but for other walls--those with paneling, tile, double layers of drywall or plaster--you have to measure and putz around to install each box.