futz (around) with (something)

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futz (around) with (something)

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 around with that old radio, but I doubt he'll get it to work again.
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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
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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I futzed with my car's GPS, but it couldn't even locate me, let alone tell me where to go.
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After installing the 2Bs in the listening room, I kept the subwoofer turned off, and put on something for Carousel Corner while I futzed with their placement and so on.