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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.
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futz around

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

verb
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This is far from what some call "futzing around" and others label as "wasting time." It's serious business.
Miller, "Some owners just can't keep themselves from futzing around with their cats' ears." (See sidebar on this page.) All cats are susceptible to Malessezia proliferation in their ears, he notes, although animals living in warm, humid climates are at greater risk.
The Surround's touch screen - 3.8 inches diagonally - was crisp enough for surfing the Web and futzing around on Facebook, but videos streamed from Netflix looked surprisingly pixelated.
If you keep futzing around, he said last night, the cancer could go to your lymph nodes.
The fact that you haven't already started futzing around with the power and flaps and speed means that you can smoothly pitch up to climb attitude, firewall the throttle and are on your way to a safe altitude with a major league initial rate of climb and airspeed well in hand.
When he mysteriously disappears toward the end, he thoroughly saps the narrative's energy, leaving the poor documentarians futzing around more or less aimlessly and the police comically clueless.
You don't want to be futzing around looking for work with the draft board breathing on your neck.
Miller, "Some owners just can't keep themselves from futzing around with their cats' ears." All cats are susceptible to Ma-lessezia proliferation in their ears, he notes, although animals living in warm, humid climates are at greater risk.
But once you're airborne, punching buttons, wiggling connectors, repositioning antennae and otherwise futzing around with your PED are all distractions from the basic task: flying the airplane.