fool around with (someone or something)

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fool around with (someone or something)

1. To play or tinker with something, often in an aimless manner. Hey, don't fool around with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 68 degrees. Grandpa's still fooling around with that old radio, but I doubt he'll get it to work again.
2. To engage in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting with someone or something. Quit fooling around with the dog and work on your book report already!
3. To have a casual sexual relationship with someone. I can't believe you're still fooling around with Betsy. Why don't you guys try actually dating?
See also: around, fool
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Other pictures show the player fooling around with the dwarf during the 'Mad Midget Weekender' before picking him up and holding him upside down.
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TWO university students have been fined for fooling around with fire safety equipment.
Sure, it's difficult for truckers and some of the big RVs to negotiate, and we've got nothing against either, but they've got other roads that could get them to where they want to go without fooling around with a state treasure.
Bill Clinton was impeached for fooling around with someone other than his spouse and lying about it, sins that put him in the company of most American males and a significant portion of American women.
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Mike: When I'm hung over, sitting on the couch just fooling around with the guitar, that's when the most brilliant ideas come out.
An inquest at Worthing Magistrates' Court heard yesterday that the boy was fooling around with his father Ian Johnson as he prepared dinner at his flat in Littlehampton, West Sussex.
(Although Hughes was once advised by Arna Bontemps to "stop fooling around with theatre," he never could take the advice of his good friend.) It would be useful to have much more analysis of his major works, connecting them more firmly to Hughes's life and times.
The Radio 1 DJ was snapped fooling around with the tot during lunch at a London cafe.
Vera can find herself, "attracted to someone, I'd be fooling around with it or playing with it in my head." To remain faithful in prayer requires diligence (she tries to make a holy hour every day).
TEN YEARS AGO, Tod Maffin was unemployed, living near Vancouver and fooling around with something called the Internet.