faff around

faff around

To waste time or procrastinate by doing something unproductive or unhelpful; to fool around or spend time idly. Primarily heard in UK. Would you quit faffing around and give me a hand cleaning the house? I should have started this essay last week, but I've been faffing around with my new video game console.
See also: around, faff
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I don't want to faff around with a plastic card and stand in a queue for my pizza.
Alan Ccfc Lydiard WHY don't they give the train line a multi-million-pound upgrade and extend it to the actual airport so there's no need to faff around with a shuttle bus?
Of course, if you don't want to faff around with the fancy stuff, then you could use a thick custard instead.
Dot catches Charlie and Carol unawares as they faff around with her toothbrush to get a saliva sample.
Nonsense It's a nonsense to frame their achievements - the result of punishing training regimes and self-sacrifice - alongside those of the big girls' blouses who run around the handball court or faff around on the vulgar beach constructed at Horse Guards Parade.
What was the point in last week's episode of having everyone faff around classrooms doing role-play with a load of school kids prior to performing a gig for them?
In fact in story mode I actually found it easier to use the DualShock controller than to faff around with the Move - frustrating is not the word.
Nothing infuriates me more than when I want to take them out somewhere and I am in the car, engine running while they faff around trying to find their shoes that are always kept in the shoebox or their fleeces that are always hanging up on their pegs
You put them in your hair, faff around painting nails and drinking Bucks Fizz for 30 minutes, and then, 'Abracadabra
At least you don't have to faff around with two applications, but I did wonder if it meant the staying power would be limited.
It has been a tactic of trainers not to run or to faff around in hurdles in Ireland.
If life's too short to faff around with fake tan (and let's face it, the stuff always looks orange in January light) here's make-up artist Daniel Sandler's guide to being a porcelain princess like Liv Tyler.
They can faff around in training but the men at the back need to keep their wits all week because if they switch off for even a second they will be made to pay by Gareth Southgate's side of Premier League all-stars.
It was rather amusing to see the chefs faff around as they attempted to fill choux buns with cream, create their caramel and build a tower fit for a French patisserie.