futz with

futz with

v. Slang
To manipulate something without a clear sense of purpose: The child futzed with the toy, and then it broke.
See also: futz
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You immediately wipe the slate clean and push the mound of pieces into the center of the table, where with the tension in the room you begin to futz with them again.
Some pilots like a lot of small, zippered compartments; others consider them just more zippers to futz with while trying to find the airplane keys.
And why not buy a tool that's lighter and cheaper, and never have to futz with chargers?
In I Miss You Every Day, based on Woody Guthrie's "Mail Myself to You" (Guthrie's estate wouldn't give Taback permission to futz with the lyrics, so he wrote his own), Taback finds the sweetly minor-key, melancholy tone of a klezmer violin.
Who had time to futz with a dollhouse-sized keyboard while a Klingon war party was advancing with malice?
Mark Sullivan <p>Cutting the Cord Gets Easier Each CES: Intel's Wireless Display is exactly what it sounds like--a laptop equipped with the technology to connect to your TV at the push of a button, giving you much more screen real estate without the need to futz with wires.
Marenzi also had to futz with the integration of the Spelling and Rysher libraries and handle the personnel issues connected to these takeovers; for his part, Nunez has managed to work well with King World's larger-than-life boss Roger King and get the Eye involved in the global format biz.
While the feds futz with new regulations for Web site accessibility, the private sector actually does something about it.