fanny around

fanny around

1. 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 fannying around and give me a hand cleaning the house? I should have started this essay last week, but I've been fannying around with my new video game console.
2. To wander around a place, especially in an aimless or meandering manner. Primarily heard in UK. After I quit my job, I spent six months fannying around Paris.
See also: around, fanny
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So off we toddle, to whichever garden centre is currently doing the best cake, to buy bulbs and/or summer bedding and, while Pete digs, sweeps and leaf-collects, as per usual, I fanny around, creating artfully themed pots.
Oh no, they fanny around folding up the notes and receipts before popping them carefully into their purse and then into their bag.
He said: "Let's not fanny around, we were hopeless.
Because every country needs one - a defender whose sole ambition is to defend, not fanny around on the ball like some primped peacock, all flicks and fancy touches but with a bottle that turns to porridge in the heat of battle.