futz

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futz (someone)

To deceive or swindle someone or something. The spelling "phutz" is sometimes used. That guy is definitely futzing you, boss—I just watched him pocket money from the cash register.
See also: futz

futz around

1. slang To engage in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting; to fool around. I can't believe we spent the whole day just futzing around.
2. slang To play or tinker with something. Hey, don't futz around with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 68 degrees. Grandpa's still futzing around with that old radio, but I doubt he'll get it to work again.
See also: around, futz

futz up

To bungle something or cause problems. A noun or pronoun can be used between "futz" and "up." If you're the one who futzed up the printer, then help me clear this paper jam. Mom wasn't going to punish me, but you futzed it all up when you opened your big mouth about how I got home past curfew last night!
See also: futz, up

futz with (something)

1. slang To engage in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting; to fool around. I can't believe we spent the whole day just futzing with the TV.
2. slang To play or tinker with something. Hey, don't futz with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 68 degrees. Grandpa's still futzing with that old radio, but I doubt he'll get it to work again.
See also: futz

putz around

1. slang To engage in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting; to fool around. I can't believe we spent the whole day just putzing around.
2. slang To play or tinker with something. Hey, don't putz around with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 68 degrees. Grandpa's still putzing around with that old radio, but I doubt he'll get it to work again.
See also: around, putz

futz around

Sl. to waste time. Stop futzing around and get the job done. I wish you would stop futzing around!
See also: around, futz

Futz something up

Sl. to mess something up. Who futzed the computer up? I don't want to futz up the deal, so I will be quiet.
See also: futz, up

putz around

Inf. to fiddle around; to mess around. Stop some time puzzling over her. While I was puzzling over putzing around and get to work. Those guys spend most why she had slapped me, she did it again, of their time just putzing around.
See also: around, putz

futz around

Also, futz with. Waste time or effort on frivolities, play around. For example, He spent all morning futzing around with the report, or No more futzing with the car-we have to go now. This term may be a shortening and corruption of the Yiddish arumfartzen, for "fart around." [Slang; 1920s]
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futz around

v. Slang
1. To act foolishly, playfully, or without a clear sense of purpose; goof off: The kids were futzing around so much that they didn't finish their chores.
2. To manipulate something without a clear sense of purpose: Stop futzing around with the door handle, or you'll break it.
See also: around, futz

futz up

v. Slang
To fail at or make a mess of something: I read the speech as well as I could, but I futzed it up. We futzed up the trip because we got lost. Don't drink before going onstage—you'll futz up.
See also: futz, up

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

futz something up

tv. to mess something up. I don’t want to futz up the deal, so I will be quiet.
See also: futz, something, up

phutz

and futz (fəts)
tv. to rob, swindle, or cheat someone. Don’t futz me! Tell the truth!

futz

verb
See phutz

putz around

and futz around
in. to waste time; to do something ineffectually. (Putz is probably putz (sense 1).) Get busy and stop putzing around.
See also: around, putz

futz around

verb
See also: around, futz
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