fuss (around) with (something)

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fuss (around) with (something)

To continually fiddle with something, often nervously and unnecessarily. Stop fussing with your hair, honey—it looks great. After I'm done a painting, I don't like to fuss around with it.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fuss (around) with someone or something

to keep bothering with someone or something; to fiddle with someone or something. Don't fuss around with it. We'll have to get a new one. Don't fuss with your children. They will get along just fine without all that attention.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fuss with

v.
To handle or manipulate something excessively and unnecessarily, especially when overly concerned or nervous: The contestants fussed with their outfits before the pageant began.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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